January 14, 2016 


 Good to Know
 Meeting News
 From the Job Board
 Proposals / Workshops / Awards  
 Policy / Advocacy / Law
Spotlight on Members
Young Professional / Student News
 In Short
 Calendar / Important AFS Business

Good To Know
Important AFS News


AFS has partnered with seven conservation and angling groups to oppose the recent attempt by Congress to kill the Clean Water Rule. Click here to read the letter.


NEW FISHERIES TOOL: Have you checked out our new web-based tool for comparing freshwater fisheries data collected using standard methods? AFS Standard Methods for Sampling North American Freshwater Fish. 

Check out the article on this new tool in the December issue of Fisheries.


Share Your Passion for Fisheries  
Apply to be a Hutton Mentor!  
Deadline: February 27
Click here for info and an application!



Help Grow Your Society
When members share their success stories, other people want to join!  
Don't be shy.  Click here to send us information!

Meeting News

  Next Up

 Hello Kansas City! 

Submit Your Symposium Proposal for Kansas City!  This year’s theme is: Fisheries Conservation and Management: Making Connections and Building Partnerships. Deadline for New Submissions EXTENDED: January 31, 2016.


72nd Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference
THEME: "Thinking Outside: Taking Risks for Better Conservation" 
DATE: April 3-6, 2016  



Highlights of Fisheries Magazine - January 2016

… and more!

IN THE NEWS: Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
The good news and the bad news about the potential invasion of Lake Erie by Asian carp. Click here to access the article!


Photo credit: ACRCC

From The Job Board

Proposals / Workshops / Awards


From the desk of the AFS Policy Director
(about Tom Bigford)

AFS joined the National Wildlife Federation and its conservation partners to send a letter to Congress in appreciation of House and Senate decisions not to include any language in the omnibus budget deal that would have countered progress made in the Clean Water Act regulations issued in mid-2015. We also joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in a second letter encouraging the House not to accept a Senate proposal to overturn that same CWA rule (see above). The Society also joined TRCP and other partners at a quarterly meeting with EPA’s Office of Water where these issues were discussed.

In response to a request from NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, AFS submitted comments on the agency’s proposed policy on ecosystem-based approaches to marine fishery management. Society comments included suggestions from the Marine Fisheries Section. The policy should be finalized later this year.

AFS has launched an effort to develop recommendations for fisheries science, management, policy, and education in the next presidential administration. A kick-off meeting on February 9th will assemble representatives from about 45 agencies, industry sectors, environmental groups, and professional societies. Our plan is to convene several meetings of partners as we develop a draft set of recommendations for discussion at our Annual Meeting in Kansas City and then share our final list with the transition teams of each presidential candidate in early autumn.


• INTERNATIONAL: U.N. to hold major summit on protecting world's oceansNinety-five countries co-sponsored the resolution to hold the conference, which is intended to help countries make progress toward the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources

• USA: NOAA opens federal waters to commercial fish farms. The rule is central to NOAA's push to expand the role of aquaculture in the nation's seafood supply. The Gulf will serve as the first step, signaling the agency's intention to take a more central role in regulating an industry still in its nascent phase.

• USA: NOAA ponders moving lab away from Woods Hole. The agency is conducting a study, to be competed this spring, that "will evaluate all of our options for upgrading the Woods Hole complex."

 • USA: U.S. vessels locked out of tuna-fishing watersafter the nation went back on a deal with 17 Pacific statesThe move means U.S. boats will not be able to access waters where about half of the world's skipjack tuna is caught every year.

 • USA: More than half of the threatened and endangered species in the United States are in decline, according to a new report, which recommends improvements, urging federal wildlife agencies to improve how they allocate recovery funds and better leverage partnerships.

• USA: President Obama's administration has made oceans a priority, putting NOAA in the midst of a government-wide push to protect more marine areas and expand climate change researchHere are five officials who will help make it happen.

• USA: BRISTOL BAY: Watchdog clears EPA of bias in Pebble study. U.S. EPA's internal watchdog has cleared the agency of harboring any bias when conducting its controversial assessment of potential large-scale mining in Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed.

Spotlight on Members

AFS Member Ben Letcher - Contemporary Cimate-Change Effects on Eastern Brook Trout
“It’s very hard to detect contemporary climate-change effects, but we’ve done that,” said Ben Letcher, a fisheries biologist with the USGS and adjunct faculty in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the co-author of a paper recently published in Global Change Biology that 
details a 15-year study conducted in Whately, on a roughly one-mile section of the West Brook and three of its small tributaries. Their findings predict that the trout population will likely disappear from these streams within the next ...Read more.



AFS MEMBER Fiona Malkin's New Book Shemaron: A Beautiful Endeavor
Publishing house Mascot Books has partnered with Northern England based author Fiona Malkin to bring the story of the retired fishing boat Shemaron across the Atlantic. The renovation of Shemaron CN244 uncovered a trove of histories based around the beautiful west coast of Scotland. Between the dynamic waters of the Hebridean Sea and the Irish Sea, the story of the ring net has been brought to life, enhanced by oral histories from local fishermen.


AFS Member Steve Pescitelli - Friends of the Chicago River Video
Steve Pescitelli, stream specialist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and president-elect of the AFS Illinois Chapter, discusses Chicago River catfish in the film, Friends of the Chicago River. It's a great conservation success story about the reintroduction of Channel Catfish into the Chicago River. Friends of the Chicago River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released 195,000 juvenile Channel Catfish into the Chicago and Calumet rivers. Their success will serve as a model to other cities on how to turn an urban river into an environmental asset. Click to see the video!


Young Professional / Student News

Reminder for Graduate Students working on marine conservation issues -The Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship applications are due February 1.



Attention Students and Young Professionals:

The International Fisheries Section (IFS) of AFS is excited to announce the 2016 Fellow Award. The Fellow will represent IFS by presenting a poster or oral presentation at the 2016 Fisheries Society of the British Isles Annual Symposium, July 18-22, Bangor University, United Kingdom.

Applications due March 6th, 2016


Students and Young Professionals - Submit Your News Online.

In Short

• Baby Fish May Get Lost in silent oceans as CO2 rises.

• Fishy Talk: research reveals communication techniques fish use to survive.

• Rising ocean acidity means more expensive shellfish.

• Great White Shark's predatory behavior captured by underwater drone video.

• A rare Sand Tiger Shark nursery has been discovered off Long Island.

• Mysterious shark discovered off Costa Rican coast dubbed the "Ninja Lanternshark."

• Biologists discover that flexible gene expression may regulate social status in male fish.


Significant Declines in B.C. Native Fish Catches Due to Climate Change
Climate change will slash aboriginal fishing catches by as much as about 50% by 2050 as marine species move farther north along the British Columbia coast in search of cooler waters, a new study concludes. Published on Wednesday in the online journal PLOS ONE, the study of 98 species of fish and invertebrates utilized by 16 First Nations communities along the coast suggests that the average catch will drop by 4.5 to 11% at a loss conservatively estimated at $6.7 million to $12 million annually in commercial fisheries values alone. The ranges are based on low-and-high greenhouse-gas-emission scenarios calculated by the International Panel on Climate Change. ...Read more.


Real-Time Fishery Management Significantly Reduces Bycatch
Using real-time ocean management to regulate fisheries can significantly reduce accidental bycatch with less economic impact on fishermen, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds. By comparing results from six types of fishery closures commonly used to reduce bycatch, the study shows that dynamic closures, which typically close smaller areas for shorter periods based on fine-scale assessments of changing conditions, reduce bycatch up to three times more efficiently than closing large areas for longer times. The study finds that dynamic ocean management can reduce bycatch in highly mobile long-line fisheries such as bluefin tuna as well as bottom-dwelling fisheries such as scallops. ...Read more.


AFS January 24-27, 2016 - 76th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference - Grand Rapids, Michigan

AFS February 1-3, 2016 - Minnesota Chapter Annual Meeting - Duluth, Minnesota

AFS February 10-12, 2016 - New York Chapter Annual Meeting - Cooperstown, New York

AFS February 17-21, 2016 - AFS Southern Division Spring Meeting - Wheeling, West Virginia

AFS March 1-4, 2016 - Oregon Chapter Annual Meeting - Seaside, Oregon

AFS March 2-4, 2016 - Florida Chapter Annual Meeting - Haines City, Florida

AFS March 2-3, 2016 - Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting - Honey Creek Resort, Moravia, Iowa

March 13-15, 2016 - Hugh C. Becker Muskie Symposium - Minnetonka, Minnesota

AFS March 14-17, 2016 - North Carolina and Virginia Joint Chapter Annual Meeting - Danville, Virginia

AFS March 21-24, 2016 - 41st Annual Meeting of the Western Division - Reno, Nevada

May 21, 2016 - 2nd World Fish Migration Day

May 23-27, 2016 - 
7th World Fisheries Congress Busan, South Korea

AFS May 23-27, 2016 - Piscicide Course - USU, Logan, Utah

June 12-16, 2016 - International Congress on the Biology of Fish - San Marcos, Texas

AFS June 19-23, 2016 - 40th Annual Larval Fish Conference - Solomons, Maryland

July 11-14 , 2016 - Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy (FINS-II) - Zagreb, Croatia

AFS August 21-25, 2016 146th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri

August 24-25, 2016 - 3rd Annual International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture - Sri Lanka

October 2-6, 2016 -1st International Trout Congress - Bozeman, Montana

October 23-27, 2016 - Aquatic Resources Education Association Biennial Conference - Shepherdstown, West Virginia

November 10-12, 2016 - 2nd International Congress on Applied Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment - Mesolonghi, Greece 


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