FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fisheries Leaders in Washington Gather for Historic Dialogue
AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY – AFS
November 15, 2013
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110
“We can help foster collaboration across multiple agencies and non-governmental organizations to address the broad-scale issues affecting our fish resources.” Bob Hughes, president of the American Fisheries Society
Bethesda, Md. — An unprecedented group of fisheries science, policy, and conservation leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday, October 30, to meet with new American Fisheries Society (AFS) Executive Director Douglas Austen and the officers of the society. The Fisheries Leadership Dialogue included high-ranking representatives from agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as leaders from nonprofit organizations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, American Sportfishing Association, Izaak Walton League, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
“AFS plans to be more nimble, flexible, and active on more policy and science issues,” said AFS President Bob Hughes. “We can help foster collaboration across multiple agencies and non-governmental organizations to address the broad-scale issues affecting our fish resources.”
Some of the areas that participants noted could benefit from AFS scientific expertise and its role as an unbiased forum for collaboration include the effects of climate change, regional fish habitat declines, invasive species control, public outreach on the value of healthy fisheries and habitats, shrinking agency scientific staff capacity, staff training, water usage, authoritative reports on the state of fisheries resources, and prioritization of government funding.
“We’re positioning AFS to move fisheries forward,” Austen said. “Today’s dialogue is the first step in building an ongoing collaboration in Washington to focus on common concerns, challenges, and opportunities to ‘move the needle’ in a positive direction for fisheries resources.”
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