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Monthly Archives: March 2020

President’s Message to AFS Members

Greetings AFS Members: During this uncertain and unsettled time, I hope that all of you are healthy and well.  As an organization at the intersection of science and society, AFS is committed to leading by example and incorporating science into our decision-making.  We want to keep you up to date as we navigate these uncharted... Read More

Special COVID-19 Statement

AFS Members, Partners, Exhibitors, and Annual Meeting attendees: Statement as of March 16, 2020 At the present time, the COVID-19 pandemic is having serious impacts on special events such as conferences around the world. We want to reassure you of several points regarding the AFS Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, August 30 – September 3,... Read More

NOAA Science Advisory Board Seeking Members

NOAA is soliciting nominations for members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). At this time, individuals are sought with expertise in tsunami science; extreme weather prediction (including tornadoes); social sciences (including geography, sociology, behavioral science); Great Lakes research; cloud computing, artificial intelligence and data management; unmanned, autonomous system technology; `omics science and eDNA; weather... Read More

Science Societies Say Proposed NEPA Changes Will Undermine Key Environmental Laws

American Fisheries Society ● Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Ecological Society of America ● Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society International Association for Great Lakes Research ● North American Lake Management Society Phycological Society of America ● Society for Freshwater Science Society of Wetland Scientists ● The Wildlife Society 10 March 2020 U.S. Council on Environmental Quality... Read More

Science Societies Urge Restoration of U.S. Forest Service Research Budget

  March 6, 2020 The Honorable Betty McCollum Chair House Committee on Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies The Honorable David Joyce Ranking Member House Committee on Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Dear Chair McCollum, Ranking Member Joyce, and Honorable Committee Members: Improving the future health and sustainability of the nation’s forests, grasslands, and... Read More

EPA Science Advisory Board Criticizes Waters of the US Revision

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) sharply criticized the agency’s recent decision to narrow the definition of the Waters of the US (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act in a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on February 27. “In summary, current scientific understanding of the connectivity of surface and ground water, which has been reviewed... Read More

Updating AFS Dam Removal Policy to Engage with Policymakers

By Patrick Shirey, AFS Resource Policy Committee Chair The impact of dams on aquatic ecosystems and fisheries is well established. For dams that have reached the end of their usable life, or that no longer provide societal benefits that exceed their costs, dam removal is often a desired management outcome for safety, cost efficiency, and... Read More

Rescheduled Webinar – Now April 30 – Creating a Movement to Save Migratory Fish from Local to Global

Creating a Movement to Save Migratory Fish from Local to Global Thursday, April 30, 2020 10:00 am Eastern Time Presented by: Herman Wanningen Founder and Creative Director, World Fish Migration Foundation Register Now! Ongoing river fragmentation and dam construction are two of the greatest global threats to freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Hence, migratory fish... Read More

250 Conservation Organizations, Professional Societies, Outdoor Groups, and State Agencies Call for a House Vote on Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

February 24, 2020 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Capitol, H-204 Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy, As organizations collectively representing millions of Americans who enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, paddling, and gardening, as well as the state fish and wildlife agencies and other... Read More