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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Ocean Policy Debate Restarts in Congress

The National Ocean Policy, launched by President Barack Obama in 2010, is facing congressional scrutiny regarding its scope and cost after seven years of slow but steady progress on the effort. In early December, the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard convened a hearing entitled “National Ocean Policy: Stakeholder Perspectives.”... Read More

In Memoriam: Saul Saila, Ph.D.

Saul B. Saila, 94, died on December 10th in Vallejo, California. Saila was professor emeritus of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island (URI) after 35 years as a faculty member. As one of the early faculty members at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), he had a profound impact on the development of the... Read More

A Call to Action: Support Dedicated Funding to Recover America’s Fish and Wildlife

In mid-December, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in the House, a major step forward in securing $1.3 billion annually for state fish and wildlife agencies to undertake significant, proactive conservation efforts for imperiled species. If enacted, fisheries biologists and other resource professionals will be able... Read More

2018 AFS International Fisheries Section Fellow Award

Applications due by March 6, 2018   Attention Students and Young Professionals: The International Fisheries Section (IFS) of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is excited to announce the 2018 International Fisheries Section Fellow Award. The Fellow will represent IFS/AFS by presenting a poster or oral presentation at the 2018 Fisheries Society of the British Isles... Read More

Harnessing Citizenry Awareness and Technology to Improve Fisheries Information: The Power of Data

By Nicolas L. Gutierrez, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy Abstract Fisheries sustainability is imperative if we aim to feed an ever-growing population and sustain the livelihoods that depend on them. Despite substantial progress in the science behind fisheries management, more than 90% of the world’s fisheries remain unassessed due mostly to... Read More

POLICY COLUMN: Where Do We Go from Here?

By Tom Bigford, AFS Policy Director This is my 51st and final column for Fisheries magazine, which is cause for celebration and angst. I will be retiring shortly after this column is published, leaving my policy director post at AFS. Other than tasks associated with my continuing role as past-president of the AFS Fish Habitat Section, my... Read More