|Barney Smith (right) receiving the AFS Gold Medal, |
presented by the then AFS President Derek Staples
Mr Barney Smith, Fisheries Program manager from 1992–2009, received the award on behalf of ACIAR. The current program manager, Dr Chris Barlow, could not attend but was delighted with the honour bestowed.
The AFS acknowledged that the Fisheries program is one of the most successful and enduring programs in the region. It stated that the program’s efforts have made a great difference, and not to scientists only; the flow-on benefits could be felt by many associated communities and artisanal fishers.
By Dr Wendy Henderson, ACIAR Science Communicator