President’s Commentary: How Many People Are Enough (Too Many)?

*President’s Commentary: How Many People Are Enough (Too Many)? by Bob Hughes In the five minutes that you take to read this commentary, approximately 1,000 new human babies will be added to Earth’s current 7.2 billion people. From the evolution of Homo sapiens, we did not reach our first billion until 1804, doubling again in.. read more →

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 →