Professional Awards

The Association recognizes individuals, programs, and organizations each year who make significant contributions to fish and wildlife conservation in the Southeast. Here is a list of awards that SEAFWA issues annually.
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Clarence W. Watson Award

The Clarence W. Watson Award is the most prestigious award given in the Southeast and is presented to the career individual who, in the opinion of the Award Committee, has made the greatest contribution to wildlife or fish conservation during the previous year or years.

Diversity and Inclusion Awards

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) announces the Annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards program for 2021. The Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize winning SEAFWA member agencies for their strong commitment to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse workforce. Agencies can nominate a team focusing on these goals or it can be submitted as an individual nomination.

Fisheries Biologist of the Year

The Association’s Biologist of the Year Awards are presented to two career biologists of state wildlife agencies, one each in the categories of wildlife and fisheries, who in the opinion of the SEAFWA Awards Committee have made outstanding contributions toward wildlife/fisheries conservation. Each award is presented during the awards banquet at the Association’s annual conference.

Wildlife Biologist of the Year

The Association’s Biologist of the Year Awards are presented to two career biologists of state wildlife agencies, one each in the categories of wildlife and fisheries, who in the opinion of the SEAFWA Awards Committee have made outstanding contributions toward wildlife/fisheries conservation. Each award is presented during the awards banquet at the Association’s annual conference.