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Monthly Archives: September 2018

AFWA Resolution Endorsing Participation in the AFS-TWS Joint 2019 Meeting in Reno-Tahoe

RESOLUTION #2018-05-07 TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION BY AFWA MEMBERS IN THE 2019 JOINT CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY AND THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies recognizes and appreciates the importance of ensuring that state, provincial, and federal fisheries and wildlife management agency staff and their partners have access to the best... Read More

AFS Recommendations for Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization Released

A new marine fisheries policy was approved by the AFS Governing Board Atlantic City in August to inform the proposed Congressional re-authorization and amendment of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management Act, the federal law that governs fisheries management in offshore waters. A special committee of prominent marine fisheries experts led by co-chairs, Tom Miller, University of... Read More

Free Access to AFS Award-winning Papers

During the month of September, enjoy free access to Best Paper Award winners. The awards were presented at the AFS Annual Meeting in Atlantic City in August. The Robert L. Kendall Best Paper in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, accepted by Tiffany E. Vidal from AFS President Steve McMullin Using Variance Structure to Quantify... Read More

Three AFS Staff Members Recognized with Prestigious Awards

Shawn Johnston Meeting and Events Manager at AFS headquarters in Bethesda, Shawn Johnston heads all aspects of meetings management at the Society. At this year’s Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, Shawn was given the AFS Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The DSA is given to individuals who have provided outstanding service to AFS. “Shawn has rendered distinguished... Read More

Evaluating a Stakeholder‐Driven Bass Regulation Change in Florida: Agency Staff and Stakeholder Perspectives

We evaluated stakeholder engagement aspects of a statewide Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides regulation change in Florida. Staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) who worked on the project and stakeholders who participated in outreach were interviewed and/or surveyed about their opinions of the process. This was the largest stakeholder engagement process ever conducted by... Read More

State‐Level Freshwater Mussel Programs: Current Status and a Research Framework to Aid in Mussel Management and Conservation

Despite increased focus on their ecology and conservation, freshwater mussels remain one of the most imperiled groups of aquatic organisms. We documented current management actions, resources, and challenges in managing freshwater mussels in the United States through a survey of state natural resource agencies. Approximately 85% of surveyed states (N = 40) actively managed mussel populations. Common... Read More

Magnuson‐Stevens: Continue to Support the Best Science

A new marine fisheries policy was approved by the AFS Governing Board Atlantic City in August to inform the proposed Congressional re‐authorization and amendment of the Magnuson‐Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA), the federal law that governs fisheries management in offshore waters. Early this year, AFS President Steve McMullin empaneled a special committee of... Read More

World Fisheries Congress 2020: Call for Expressions of Interest

The World Fisheries Congress 2020 (WFC2020) will be held in Adelaide, Australia from 11-15 October 2020. The WFC2020 aims to have a diverse, exciting and broad reaching Congress to showcase the world’s commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries. We would like to invite you to co-create the Congress program and to help set the future directions... Read More