The nominating process has begun for a prestigious conservation award presented annually by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
The Thomas L. Quay Award recognizes individuals who provide leadership in wildlife diversity. It is named for the late professor of zoology at N.C. State, a self-described “full-time volunteer and unpaid environmental activist.”
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 29. Nominators must submit a form detailing the nominee’s contributions to non-game wildlife in the state.
The commission’s non-game wildlife advisory committee will recommend nominees for the full 19-member board of commissioners to consider in April. The winner will be announced in July.
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For nomination forms email Melinda.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 919-707-0224. Observer News Services
Catches of the week
▪ A 73-pound wahoo off Hatteras Village by John Query of Statesville while trolling from the Sea Creature.
▪ Wahoo of 45 and 40 pounds, respectively, by Raleigh anglers Jonathan Matson and Alvin Braswell while fishing aboard Hatteras Fever II.
▪ A fine catch of blackfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo off Ocean Isle by Daniel Simmons, Mike Ashburn and Bryan Freeman. Their largest was a wahoo of 56.7 pounds.
▪ A limit of king mackerel to 30 pounds off Ocean Isle by Alex and Kevin Pagiliari along with Bob Guyey, all of Greenville, while fishing with skipper Brant McMullan.
▪ A 32-pound king mackerel off Ocean Isle at Christina’s ledge by Clark Campbell.
▪ A 25-pound blue catfish at Lake Norman by Mac Byrum of Denver, N.C. The fish was released.
▪ A 10 1/2-pound hybrid at Lake Hartwell by Chip Hamilton.
▪ Mixed limits of smallmouth and spotted bass during three successive days at Fontana Lake by Harold Johnson of Stecoah.