The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish Habitat Board, a group of the nation’s leading authorities on aquatic conservation, recently honored Scott Robinson, Coordinator for the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, with the Jim Range Conservation Vision Award in support of fish habitat conservation.
Hundreds of organizations submitted nominations to the coalition demonstrating that the awardees possess an extraordinary commitment to fish habitat conservation, science and education. They are leading by example to help resolve the nation’s most significant fisheries problems.
According to the coalition, “Aquatic resource conservation in the Southeastern U.S. has been improved through the leadership of Scott Robinson. He spearheaded the development of the Southeast Aquatic Habitat Plan (The Plan) in order to directly and indirectly improve the quality and quantity of fish habitats in the region. Scott’s leadership has resulted in local fish habitat improvement in each of the 14 SARP states through 30 on-the-ground projects between 2006 and 2009. These have impacted stream, river, reservoir, and coastal habitats as well as recreational, sensitive and imperiled species.”
Scott Robinson earned a B.S. degree (1990) and M.S. (1992) in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Clemson University. He began his career in Texas and worked for three years as a Conservation Scientist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He came to Georgia DNR in 1995 as a Fisheries Biologist at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, where he led the development of the Public Fishing Area and Aquatic Education programs. The Aquatic Education program at CEWC was named the Sportfish Restoration Educational Project of the Year by the American Fisheries Society in 1997.
In 1998 Scott was promoted to Senior Fisheries Biologist and served as the Aquaculture Biologist and later as Region III Senior Fisheries Biologist until accepting the SARP Coordinator position in 2005. Scott’s work has primarily focused on public fisheries resource management and fish habitat conservation. Current projects include a regional assessment of aquatic habitats in the southeastern US and management of the Southern Instream Flow Network. Scott is a Certified Fisheries Scientist and past-president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
For more information on SARP, visit http://southeastaquatics.net . For more information on the National Fish Habitat Partners Coalition www.fishhabitat.org .