Vermont fishing regulations digest named best in nation

Publication lauded by Association for Conservation Information

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In its first year as a stand-alone publication, Vermont's fishing regulations digest has earned top honors among regulation publications from throughout the United States.

The digest, officially titled "2017 Vermont Fishing Guide and Regulations," scored 279 out of a possible 300 points in a highly-competitive, annual publications contest coordinated by the Association for Conservation Information.

The contest, which is the only one in the country exclusively for education, information and public relations professionals who specialize in conservation, recognizes excellence and promotes craft improvement through competition.

"We're honored that the digest has earned the designation as the top regulations publication in the nation," said Chris Adams, information specialist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife who helped coordinate the digest's production. "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 with critical feedback to continually make it better."

Regulation publications from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission came in second and third with 270 and 267 points respectively.

The contest received more than 400 entries for consideration, a new record according to ACI, and winners were announced during the organization's recent annual awards conference held in Nashville, Indiana.

Prior to 2017, Vermont's fishing regulations were combined with the state's hunting regulations in a single digest. The 2017 fishing regulations digest is also the first edition produced internally in recent years, having been written and designed entirely by staff from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Vermont Life magazine, and the Chief Marketing Office.

"The production of this work is an excellent example of Vermont state agencies successfully collaborating," said Steve Cook, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. "Vermont Fish and 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."

Cross-agency collaboration on the digest generated cost savings during the project and allowed for numerous improvements including cleaner organization of content, greater customization of regulation tables, enhanced map pages, and the inclusion of additional educational and feature articles, all aimed at better informing anglers going fishing in Vermont and promoting Vermont fishing to potential anglers.

It also ensured that all work on the digest, including printing, was completed in Vermont. The digest was printed by Lane Press of South Burlington.

"Vermont is well-known internationally for its world-class fishing and it is very gratifying to be acknowledged at a national level for this year's Vermont fishing regulations digest," Cook said.

A full list of ACI contest winners can be found at www.aci-net.org.

To access the "2017 Vermont Fishing Guide and Regulations" digest or learn more about fishing in Vermont, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.


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