Shaping AFS Advocacy Based on History and Need

We discuss the need for the American Fisheries Society (AFS) to be involved in advocacy efforts. In doing so, we summarize our history, offer examples of past endeavors, capture the challenges of representing the views of a complex membership, and explain the opportunities awaiting AFS and its members. Our conclusion is that the Society must... Read More

Emerging Law of Scientific Integrity – A Bumpy Birth

It is said that everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own set of facts. This statement is often not true in government. As we enter the Trump presidency, the ability of officials to order up customized facts—including “alternative facts”—should be a matter of growing concern to both scientists and citizens alike. Read More

Hutton Program Wins Association Award

The American Fisheries Society's Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program has been named a 2017 "Power of A" Gold Award winner by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The Power of A Awards recognize a select number of organizations annually that distinguish themselves with innovative, effective and broad-reaching programs and activities that positively impact America and the... Read More

Latest Impact Factors for AFS Journals Released

The newly released 2016 Impact Factors show gains for four of six AFS publications, with Fisheries magazine achieving a score of 3.00, making it #5 out of 50 fisheries publications. Journal 2016 IF 2015 IF 2014 IF 5-Year IF 2016 Ranking  2015 Ranking Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 0.906 0.859 0.986 1.130 32/50 Fisheries; 67/136... Read More

Interior Secretary Zinke Testifies on Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Newly appointed Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, testified before the House Committee on Appropriations’ Interior Subcommittee on June 8 regarding the agency’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. That proposal prioritizes maintenance of National Parks infrastructure and energy development and may include increased oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf while offering cuts in... Read More

Chris Oliver Appointed NOAA Assistant Administrator

Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, named Chris Oliver Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. The Texas native assumed his new position on June 19. As Assistant Administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries. In addition to managing productive and sustainable domestic fisheries, including some... Read More

Capitol Hill Ocean Week’s Congressional Roundtable

This week, AFS staff attended Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), an annual conference convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.  Each year, CHOW brings together more than 600 national and global policymakers, scientists, scholars, businesses and conservation leaders to address pressing science, conservation, and management issues facing our oceans and Great Lakes. A Congressional Roundtable... Read More

Seven Reasons Why You Definitely Need to Come to Tampa

  Years since the last AFS Annual Meeting in Florida (and the last AFS Annual Meeting on the coast in the South). Continuing Education Workshops, plus 3 other technical workshops Symposia and almost 1,200 total oral and poster presentations Great networking events, including the Grand Networking Event at the world famous Florida Aquarium Trade Show exhibitors... Read More