Ted Ames, 66, of Stonington, Maine, was selected for "fusing the roles of applied scientist and lobsterman to respond to increasing threats to the fishery ecosystem and to suggest needed changes in fisheries management," the MacArthur Foundation said in a release.
MacArthur Fellows are given $500,000 over five years by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The funds are for the fellows, notified by telephone calls, to use as they desire. A total of 707 people have been selected since the program began in 1981.
"The call can be life-changing, coming as it does out of the blue and offering highly creative women and men the gift of time and the unfettered opportunity to explore, create and contribute," MacArthur Foundation President Jonathan F. Fanton said in a release.
Among the other 24 2005 MacArthur Fellow are 12 university professors, including three from the University of California-Berkeley, a symphony conductor, a music educator, a violin maker, a film maker, a sculptor, a novelist, a painter, a photographer, a biologist, a pharmacist, an "urban revitalization strategist" and a "vehicle emissions specialist."