Nominate Outstanding Steward in Coastal and Marine Habitat Conservation

June 16, 2020

The Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award nomination period is open until July 31, 2020.

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Do you know someone who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and dedication to coastal and marine habitat conservation? 

The NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation and the American Fisheries Society are seeking nominations for the 2020 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award. Nominations are due by July 31, 2020. Learn more about award eligibility and the nomination process (PDF, 1 page).

NOAA has a long history of honoring outstanding stewards in habitat conservation. The Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award was first established in 1997. Since then, NOAA has sought to recognize and honor individuals for their exceptional contributions to habitat conservation in the coastal and marine environment. The award is presented in honor of Dr. Foster’s outstanding long-term contributions and organizational efforts to protect and restore coastal and marine habitats.

Dr. Foster, a marine biologist from Electra, Texas, dedicated 23 years of outstanding service to NOAA, leaving a remarkable imprint on the agency. After joining NOAA in 1977, and NOAA Fisheries in 1986. There, she created the Office of Habitat Conservation, the NOAA Restoration Center, and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. She served as acting Assistant Administrator and then Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOAA Fisheries. She left to become Assistant Administrator of the NOAA Ocean Service in 1997. Dr. Foster was the first recipient of the Foster Award. She passed away in June 2000, having created a legacy as a pioneer and visionary in understanding coastal and marine ecosystems and their conservation.

We continue to honor Dr. Foster’s legacy, her unique vision, and understanding of coastal and marine ecosystems. We do so by recognizing today’s stewards of exemplary habitat conservation in the coastal and marine environment. Past award winners have included volunteers, scientists, journalists, teachers, administrators, and others contributing to coastal and marine habitat conservation.

The 2020 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award presentation will take place during the fall season, with more details to be announced.

Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on June 16, 2020