Letter from the Executive Director—February 2014

Annual Meetings and Money Doug Austen, Executive Director Bob Hughes, AFS President It’s a major event in the annual cycle of fisheries professionals. The Annual Meeting, that is, where one to four thousand professionals gather together to talk science, policy, management, administration, and the affairs of the AFS. It’s also an important revenue generator for.. read more →

President’s Commentary—February 2014

A Plea for a Steady-State Economy Bob Hughes, AFS President Recent news stimulated my writing of this commentary. Pope Francis and President Obama decried the growing gap in income disparity globally and in the United States. China largely abandoned its one-child policy to stimulate economic growth, despite being the top CO-emitting nation on Earth. The.. read more →

President’s Commentary—January 2014

Reductionism versus Natural Rights or Why Is Effective Natural Resource Management So Difficult? Bob Hughes, AFS President Although many North American fish populations and stocks are considered healthy or recovering, many others are not, and an ever-increasing number are considered vulnerable, threatened, or endangered (Nehlsen et al. 1991; Musick et al. 2000; Jelks et al. 2008). I believe.. read more →

AFS and SCB Statement for the “Oregon and California Lands Act of 2013”

February 6, 2014 Sen. Ron Wyden, Chair                                                             Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Member Committee on Energy & Natural Resources              .. read more →

January is AFS Safety Month

Spring is just around the corner, but the unnecessary deaths of Rob Klumb and Maegan Spindler – both killed in the line of work on July 8, 2013, by a drunk driver, while preparing their gear for the next day’s research – take us back other work-related tragedies: January 7, 1980 –  three Duke field scientists died while conducting field work.. read more →