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Rome Declaration Launches International Cross-Sectoral Effort for Responsible Inland Fisheries

Inland fisheries around the world – and the people who depend on them for food, livelihoods, and well-being – need international cross-sectoral action to improve the sustainability of freshwater aquatic resources, according to recommendations supported last week at the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)... Read More

Smallmouth bass. Courtesy, Gretchen Hansen, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

In Hot Water: Climate Change is Affecting North American Fish

Release Date: June 29, 2016 Contact: Martha Wilson (301) 897-8616 x233 Climate change is already affecting inland fish across North America — including some fish that are popular with anglers. Scientists are seeing a variety of changes in how inland fish reproduce, grow and where they can live, according to four new studies published... Read More

Climate Science Center Review Team Member Solicitation

The American Fisheries Society and the Human Dimensions Research Unit of Cornell University have been engaged by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) to conduct 5-year reviews of the eight DOI Climate Science Centers (CSC).  Information on the NCCWSC and CSC’s can be found at  Potential members are being solicited for... Read More

Bighead Carp, credit Amy Benson, USGS

Invasive Asian Carp Respond Strongly to Carbon Dioxide

Adding carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to water, a process similar to making carbonated soda water, could help control the movement and behavior of invasive carp in the Great Lakes basin, according to a recent study published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. Bighead Carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis and Silver Carp H. molitrix are species of invasive... Read More

Speakers for the Climate Change and Inland Fish briefing included Len Hunt, Abigail Lynch, James Whitney, and Criag Paukert.

Congressional Briefing Features USGS Climate Research

Congressional Briefing Features USGS Climate Research AFS organized a special briefing on June 13, 2016, for congressional staff and others interested in research on “Climate Change and Inland Fish,” a priority of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. About 35 attendees heard presentations by four panelists, introduced by Doug Beard... Read More

AFS Policy Director Tom Bigford introduces the panel.

AFS Briefing Discusses Data’s Impact on Conservation Efforts

AFS Briefing Discusses Data’s Impact on Conservation Efforts AFS held a briefing on June 10th, 2016 at one of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s briefing rooms to discuss geospatial tools that enable natural resource managers and their partners to implement targeted projects that advance smart conservation of aquatic ecosystems. AFS brought in three agency representatives... Read More


World Fisheries Congress Wrap-up

The 7th World Fisheries Congress in Busan, South Korea, was “one of those meetings you can tell is going well just by the buzz in the hallways,” as Felicity Huntingford, former president of the World Council of Fisheries Societies, put it in her toast at the gala dinner. With 10 keynote speakers, 36 oral presentation... Read More

intl trout congress

Call for Papers for International Trout Congress

The call for papers for the 1st International Congress is now open. The theme of the congress is Conversations to Promote a Global Trout Conservation Network. Papers are welcome that relate to the themes of the Congress which include trout conservation and science, literature, art, culture, and education. Scientific and conservation topics may include trout systematics and... Read More

Traditional drum performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 7th World Fisheries Congress.

7th World Fisheries Congress Opens in Busan, Korea

Several AFS notables among keynote speakers The 7th World Fisheries Congress opened in Busan, Korea, on Monday, May 23rd, bringing together more than 1,300 international experts on marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture, food technology, hydropower, and other related fields. The program includes 39 sessions under 10 major themes and up to 200 North Americans were... Read More

1,500 Organizations Around the World to Celebrate World Fish Migration Day

Event highlights importance of open rivers and migratory fish World Fish Migration Day (WFMD), held on May 21, 2016, will bring together more than 1,500 organizations, featuring more than 350 events worldwide. Organized by the World Fish Migration Foundation, this one day global initiative calls attention to the needs of migratory fish to ensure that more natural river networks... Read More