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Recovering America's Wildlife Act Nears Floor Vote

Last week, the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was voted out of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee following a significant compromise that provided for an additional $750 million investment in endangered species recovery. This game-changing legislation will allow us to pass on our nation's wildlife heritage to future generations and we’re positioned to get passed. The bill has 32 cosponsors in the Senate and 170+ in the House. Help us champion this historic bill and get it over the finish line. The bill will help at-risk wildlife by giving state and tribal wildlife agencies the resources they need to take collaborative conservation actions early, before a species nears the brink of extinction. Contact your Senators and Representatives today and ask them to bring this bill to the floor for a vote.


Spokane Abstract Submission Extended until April 20

Abstract submission for symposia and contributed paper sessions for the 152nd Annual Meeting in Spokane this August has been extended until April 20.

JASM Hotel Room Blocks End Soon

Hotel room blocks for the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting end on April 20—reserve your room now while great choices are still available! Other JASM updates:

Science Policy and Communication Opportunity at JASM

AFS works with its eight partner societies in the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS; aquaticsocieties.org) on a variety of issues related to environmental and aquatic policy. In order to equip the societies and its members to more effectively engage in policy and communication with lawmakers and decision-makers, AFS is hosting a science communication and policy training for all of the societies on Sunday, May 15, for half a day beginning at 8:30 am in person in Grand Rapids.

We are looking for up to three AFS members of any career stage who will be attending JASM in person to take part in the session. The expectation is that moving forward the participants would also be interested in getting involved with CASS's future policy and outreach efforts. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this Google form.


Unconscious Regional Incivility: A Threat to Diversity

Similar to nonwhite minorities and females, fisheries professionals that geographically relocate and work in an area other than their region of origin also exhibit low diversity and occasionally experience biased treatment (e.g., regional incivility) in the workplace. Despite this group’s nominal to moderate prevalence, certainly not insignificant, regional diversity in our fisheries profession has received little attention relative to that given to its better known counterparts previously discussed (i.e., race and gender).

Native Fish Need A Natural Flow Regime

Water development has threatened the ecological integrity of riverine ecosystems. Increasing water demand, persistent drought, and climate change exacerbate the effects of habitat degradation and loss in altered systems such as the Colorado River basin. Today, biologists are challenged to identify management actions that benefit native fishes while not hindering water development or management. Herein, the authors discuss the importance of the natural flow regime for functioning riverine ecosystems and provide examples from four tributaries to the Green River, a major headwater branch of the Colorado River.


2022 Officer Election Now Open

The 2022 AFS Officer Election is now open! Please check out the profiles of our two candidates for Second Vice President—Kevin Dockendorf and Gary Whelan. The Second Vice President elected this year will serve as President in 2026-2027. All AFS members who have renewed for 2022 were emailed their ballot information on March 28—please check your spam folder if you do not see it (look for an email from "American Fisheries Society"), or log into your account to verify your membership status. Voting closes on April 29.

Volunteer Opportunity - Professional Development Committee

Providing professional development opportunities is a fundamental part of AFS and is critical to our membership. If you have a desire to help members grow and develop new skills, have experience at your chapter or section level, or simply would like to get more involved with AFS, this committee could be the place for you. In addition, this committee is unusual in that it has a working fund (the Shelby Gerking Continuing Education Program Fund) of over $100K to use wisely in support of professional development activities. This committee has the opportunity to develop new approaches to providing courses and delivering material. We're looking for members who have a concern for the professional growth of others and would like to contribute to the future of the profession. No experience necessary, students or elders. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved. To discuss further or to volunteer, please contact Lauren Maza at [email protected].

Center for Fisheries Technology

Did you know the American Fisheries Society has a searchable website to find fisheries equipment and tech?

The Center for Fisheries Technology is hosted by the AFS's Fisheries Information and Technology Section and serves as a hub for useful products, software, and freeware/shareware. To keep up with updates, new tech announcements, and workshops from industry partners, sign up for the newsletter today.

Check out the latest newsletter by clicking here: Fish Tech Update, April 7th, 2022.
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Society Diversity Survey

AFS is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society and profession. As part of our commitment, we’re asking for AFS members to participate in the 2022 Society Diversity Survey. This survey is being administered by Western Washington University and is funded through the National Science Foundation’s LEAPS award (Leading Cultural Change through Professional Societies of Biology). The survey is also being administered to other CASS member societies.

We are asking all AFS members to participate in this important survey effort. The questionnaire is short and is expected to take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please check your email for the survey link sent on March 3.

Other Announcements

  • East Coast fishery management bodies are currently engaging in a Climate Change Scenario Planning initiative to explore governance and management issues related to climate change and fishery stock distributions. The next phase of this work will be a 2.5 day Scenario Creation workshop, to be held in the Washington, D.C. metro area on June 21-23, 2022. If you are interested, please complete an application by April 18, 2022.
  • Biological Responses to Stream Nutrients: A Synthesis of Science from Experimental Forests and Ranges, a new book recently published by the US Forest Service, is now available for download, free of charge.


EVENTS: See upcoming AFS and other fisheries events in our Events Calendar
CAREERS: For the latest JOBS postings from around the U.S. and Canada
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