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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Estimating the Annual Spawning Run Size and Population Size of the Southern Distinct Population Segment of Green Sturgeon

The Southern Distinct Population Segment of Green Sturgeon Acipenser medirostris spawns in the Sacramento River, California, and is listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. We estimated the spawning run size and population size in 2010–2015 by using dual-frequency identification sonar (DIDSON) sampling, underwater video camera species identification, and acoustic tag detections. Spawning... Read More

Senate Commerce Committee to Consider Modern Fish Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. to consider S. 1520, Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 and a number of nominations. Sponsors of the Modern Fish Act include Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Deb Fisher (R-Neb.), Jim Inhofe... Read More

Surviving Peer Review webinar on April 11, 2018

Surviving Peer Review Wednesday, April 11 1:00 pm Eastern Time Register Now! Presenter: Jesse Trushenski Director, Animal Health and Welfare Evaqua Farms In this webinar, we’ll cover the basics of publishing and the peer-review process, and how to prepare and respond constructively to reviews.  We’ll review the roles and responsibilities of reviewers and editors, discuss... Read More

Fish Bioenergetics 4.0 webinar on March 5, 2018

Fish Bioenergetics 4.0 Monday, March 5, 2018 2:00 pm Eastern Time Presenter: David Deslauriers Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada The newly released Fish Bioenergetics 4.0 (FB4; Deslauriers et al. 2017) provides a user-friendly, menu-driven environment for bioenergetics modeling. FB4 uses an R-based analytical approach that is linked to a graphical user interface, making simulations... Read More

Hearing Held on Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

AFS is proud to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). The congressional hearing on February 15 was a great step toward advancing this important legislation to provide state fish and wildlife agencies with the resources they need to conduct proactive conservation and to reverse species population declines. Witness Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation... Read More

Differences in Mercury Exposure among Wisconsin  Anglers Arising from Fish Consumption Preferences and Advisory Awareness

Fish are frequently contaminated with mercury, raising concerns about the human health consequences of eating fish. We quantified mercury exposure and awareness of health advisories among three major ethnic groups of anglers in Madison, Wisconsin, using surveys of species preferences and consumption rates. African American anglers reported eating double and triple the amount of fish... Read More

State Wildlife Action Plan Success Story: The Guadalupe Bass

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) will secure $1.3 billion annually for state fish and wildlife agencies to undertake significant, proactive conservation of imperiled species. This will provide dedicated funding for State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), which assess the health of fish and wildlife within each state and outline the conservation actions necessary to prevent... Read More

Delta Smelt and Water Politics in California

The Delta Smelt Hypomesus transpacificus is a small translucent fish that lives in the heart of California’s water distribution system. It is an endemic species that is on verge of extinction, largely because it is in direct competition with people for water. This article discusses the controversy surrounding this fish by describing (1) the biology... Read More