On November 1, 2022, AFTCO Chairman Bill Shedd was presented with the inaugural Gary J. Zurn Conservation Award at the American Sportfishing Association’s 2022 Sportfishing Summit.
The award is named for long-time ASA supporter and Government Affairs committee Chair, Gary Zurn, who passed unexpectedly in August 2021. Zurn was a partner and Senior Vice President of Big Rock Sports for nearly 30 years. During that period, he gave freely of his time and talent to help ensure that anglers across the United States had access to well-managed fisheries, both freshwater and saltwater.
“There is no better person to receive this recognition than Bill Shedd. Both he and Gary Zurn share a legacy of working tirelessly to conserve our nation’s fisheries on behalf of the sportfishing industry and anglers everywhere.” — ASA President Glenn Hughes
Left to right: Mike Leonard, Government Affairs VP, Bill Shedd, and Glenn Hughes
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