Governing Board Prioritizes Initiatives on Climate Change

During a half-day session at its mid-year meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, the AFS Governing Board identified four key climate change activities on which the Society will focus in the coming year. Look for more information in subsequent e-newsletters about how to get involved.

  • Climate Change Communications: Develop a group of about 25 AFS members to be trained in climate change communication and work with them over a one-year period to develop messaging and presentation skills and tools when conveying climate information to the public and decision-makers. For more information contact Drue Winters at [email protected]
  • Media Outreach: Work with popular fishing and conservation press outlets to develop articles about fisheries and climate change including fly fishing magazines like Fishing Facts, Field and Stream, and more. For more information contact Lauren Maza ([email protected]) or Doug Austen ([email protected]).
  • Capitol Hill Climate Briefing. This event will bring AFS members to Washington, D.C. for a science briefing on the impacts to fish and fisheries from climate change. For more information contact Drue Winters at [email protected].
  • Funding: AFS will be reaching out broadly to seek external sources of funding to assist with AFS’ climate change efforts. AFS has some of the world’s leading fisheries scientists and managers with knowledge of climate impacts on fish and fisheries. Conveying this information to decision-makers and the broader public is increasingly important, yet we need financial support to develop better tools and training to convey it effectively and to broader audiences.  For more information contact Katrina Dunn ([email protected]) or Doug Austen ([email protected]).