June 29, 2015
Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Sandy Hook Lab Scientist Honored for Half Century of Research in Raritan Bay
Clyde MacKenzie, Jr. of the NEFSC’s Sandy Hook Laboratory received the 2015 Leadership Award from the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative at the group’s 2015 Two States: One Bay conference June 12 at Rutgers University. The award, one of nine presented in various categories, recognizes outstanding achievement “in efforts to revitalize our region, restore and protect our resources and promote our area as a premiere place to live, work and raise a family.”
“Clyde Mackenzie’s 57 years of fisheries research, largely on fisheries and ecology of the Raritan Bay, were recognized as a major achievement by the over 200 participants at the event. His book, “Fisheries in the Raritan Bay” (1992) was also acknowledged as THE major work on fisheries and fisheries management in the Raritan,” said Sandy Hook Lab Director Tom Noji, who also served as moderator of the fisheries management panel at the conference.
MacKenzie's award citation read in part: “Clyde MacKenzie’s professional career is exemplified by his alliance between fisheries science and industry. He has devoted 57 years to studying factors regulating shellfish abundance and distribution and the transfer of that knowledge to benefit industry and the citizenry.” MacKenzie received a beautiful glass egg with inscribed holder as well as a certificate of recognition.
More than 200 attended the 7th Annual Sustainable Raritan Conference and Awards Ceremony, which attracts municipal and county officials, state and federal government representatives, scientist and engineers, policymakers, regional planners, non-profit groups, business leaders, and interested local residents.
Amy Soli, science director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, also received a Leadership Award for her work on a variety of clean water issues. Other awards were presented for public access, remediation and redevelopment, stewardship, non-profit innovation, public education, government innovation, and sustainable business.
Raritan Bay lies south of New York City and includes New York and New Jersey waters and shorelines from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Sandy Hook.
Two States: One Bay is described as a day-long conversation about the future of Raritan Bay, with panels and workshops on water quality, habitat restoration, coastal resilience, fishery and shellfish management, and public access goals, objectives and priority actions for stakeholders in New York and New Jersey. The conference was produced by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative and the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program.
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