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Call-In Day for the Recovering America's Wildlife Act

Great news! The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is expected to advance to a vote in the full House next week! Join us on Monday, June 13, for a Call-In Day. When you click the call-in button, you will conveniently be connected by phone to your Representative in Congress. The message is simple: “Vote YES on the bi-partisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act!”

(Photo courtesy Freshwaters Illustrated)


Molecular Detections of New Agents in Finfish

This feature article in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health provides perspectives and recommendations on a very timely issue facing fishery managers and aquatic animal health professionals; namely, what to do when faced with the molecular detection of a novel and/or emerging fish pathogen? The detection of potentially foreign nucleic acid sequences in tissues of healthy fish is insufficient information on which to expend additional effort and resources to make changes to existing surveillance and disease policies of affected resource agencies and other user groups. This paper provides investigative criteria for decision pathways that establish corroborating facts to evaluate whether the discovered molecular presence of an infectious agent is a significant risk for causing disease in an aquatic animal resource.

Informing Management of Henrys Lake, Idaho, Using an Integrated Catch-at-Age Model

The authors developed models that can be used to simultaneously estimate fishing and natural mortality. This was necessary because one potential management action would influence fishing mortality, while the other will affect natural mortality. Such a model was then used to evaluate the alternative management actions.

Potential Implications of Excluding Live-Bottom Habitat from a Bottom-Trawl Survey in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Data provided by the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) shrimp/groundfish trawl survey have long been used in assessing diverse managed taxa, including several reef fishes; however, there are rising concerns over the impacts of trawling on live-bottom habitats. Using data collected from summer SEAMAP trawl surveys, the authors examined how avoiding areas of live-bottom habitat might affect the survey's ability to assess interannual changes in abundance of managed reef fish taxa.


Cumulative Effects

One of my very favorite things about doing what I do, which is writing environmental impact statements and endangered species consultations, is trying to figure out cumulative effects. Cumulative effects are somewhat challenging because they require you to envision multiple paths out into the future where (1) a project occurs and (2) where it doesn't, then follow those paths to see how their destinations differ. Cumulative effects analysis requires us to be visionary. I would argue that this visionary perspective is a key to effective planning from local work all the way to addressing international climate planning.

Angler Choices That Help Catch Lots of Big Fish

A primary goal of fisheries management is to maximize angler satisfaction (e.g., by catching more and bigger fish), while maintaining sustainable populations. In addition to environmental and ecological factors, angler choices may influence recreational catches. Using interviews from Walleye Sander vitreus anglers in Lake Erie during 1989–2017, this paper identifies how angler behavior influences catch outcomes.


Continuing Education Courses

Build your career skills and join AFS in Spokane on Saturday and Sunday before the Annual Meeting for a continuing education course! The full lineup of offerings is listed on the conference website. In addition to our in-person courses, AFS is offering 2 virtual options, which are also open to non-attendees!

Book Your Hotel

Making travel plans to Spokane now that the program schedule is available? We have two great nearby options with the Davenport Grand (Marriott-affiliated) and Doubletree (Hilton-affiliated) hotels! Reserve your room today!

Aquatic Film & Photo Festival Extension

Calling all photographers! The deadline for the 2022 Aquatic Film and Photo Festival at the Annual Meeting in Spokane has been EXTENDED to June 15, 2022. Please consider submitting your photos for this year's festival. Films will also continue to be accepted up to this deadline, so please consider submitting a film if you haven't already.


Hutton Scholar Featured

Former Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program Scholar Alexandra Grayson was recently featured by Yahoo in their "Climate Changemakers" series, along with her Hutton mentor Eric Schott at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore. Look for more of Alexandra's story later this summer as we launch the Hutton Funding Challenge.

Gift Memberships

Give them a gift that will inspire their future…Give them the Gift of Membership! AFS Membership is a perfect gift for any occasion. When you purchase the gift of AFS Membership you provide a friend, family member, or colleague with the many benefits AFS has to offer, such as 12 issues of Fisheries Magazine, online access to all AFS journals, and discounts on books and meeting registration. Your gift will keep on giving year round!

Conservation Communication Webinar

Responsive Management and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), in partnership with the Hudson River Sustainable Shorelines Project, are presenting a free webinar on conservation words that work. The webinar will cover the results of a major study recently completed by Responsive Management and WMI on the conservation words and phrases that resonate the most with the American public. The study was predicated on the fact that words matter—that the individual terms and phrases used by conservation professionals to describe their work can mean the difference between concern and apathy among everyday U.S. residents. Persuasive communicators routinely employ specific words and phrases to guarantee maximum impact in the framing of concepts and ideas. The task of the conservation community is no different: when communicating about the purpose and benefits of conservation, we must use language strategically to invest as many people as possible in our work.


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