The 2017 Vermont Fishing Guide and Regulations digest won first place in the regulations publication contest from the Association for Conservation Information (ACI), according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife. The digest earned 279 out of 300 points.
The ACI awards contest recognizes conservation-focused media such as publications, broadcasts and community engagement programs. This year, the contest received over 400 entries, which is a new record according to the ACI.
“We’re honored that the digest has earned the designation as the top regulations publication in the nation. It’s a testament to both the individuals who worked to produce the digest and the anglers who use the guide each year and provide us wit critical feedback to continually make it better,” said Chris Adams, an information specialist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife who helped coordinate the digest’s production.
Officials say this is the first year the digest was a stand-alone publication because in previous years the fishing regulations were combined with the state hunting regulations.
This was also the first time in a while the digest was produced internally and entirely made in Vermont, Fish & Wildlife said.
“The production of this work is an excellent example of Vermont state agencies successfully collaborating. Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Vermont Life magazine and the Chief Marketing Office strived to reach the highest standards of print publishing and marketing with this guide, and we are thrilled that we were able to produce a quality product,” said Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Deputy Commissioner Steve Cook.
According to a media release, the digest was even printed locally, at Lane Press in South Burlington.