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Recovering America's Wildlife Act Passes House

Great news! The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has passed the House of Representatives with 231 in favor! Read the response from AFS and The Wildlife Society leaders. Thank you to everyone who called in and stay tuned for another action alert when we approach a vote in the Senate.

Science Societies Weigh-In with US Supreme Court on WOTUS

Twelve science societies, including AFS and the eight other members of the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS), filed an amici curiae (friends of the court) brief with the US Supreme Court in the Sackett v. US Environmental Protection Agency case. This October, the Court is set to rule on the proper test for determining jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The stakes are high as decision could set the course for the scope of federal jurisdiction over “Waters of the U.S."


Special Section on Percids and Ecosystem Change

New in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management: A Special Section on Effects of Ecosystem Change on North American Percid Populations. Walleye, Sauger, and Yellow Perch are collectively among the most culturally and ecologically important fish species in North America. As ecosystems change in response to environmental drivers, such as climate change, nutrient loading, and invasive species, we need to understand how percid populations respond to these changes. Prevailing themes at a recent symposium at the 81st Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference included the challenge of identifying mechanisms responsible for population-level changes, developing strategies to adaptively manage for resilient fisheries, and consideration of scale, context, and methods when interpreting variable results.


Methods for Fish Biology, Second Edition

Now available in the Bookstore: Methods for Fish Biology, Second Edition. It has been over 30 years since the 1st edition of the groundbreaking Methods for Fish Biology was released and much has changed. This new edition features contributions from a diverse set of authors and includes topics not covered in the 1st edition and updates to many of the important topics that remain relevant to the fields of fish biology, ichthyology, and fisheries science. However, ecologists, geneticists, conservationists, reproductive biologists, and the like should find useful information here, and both the senior scientist and the new student will find useful new tools and discussions in these pages.


Diverse Voices in Fisheries Science: Lessons Learned from an Insightful Seminar Series

To best protect the biodiversity we value in our waters, we need to institute broad transformations in fisheries science so all people who care deeply for aquatic species find our field welcoming. Accordingly, fisheries science must strive to cultivate diversity in our teams. Different perspectives directly stem from varied life experiences, which are shaped largely by our interactions with one another. A first step in fostering a diverse fisheries community requires listening to and elevating those voices that have been historically excluded from the field.

Managing Freshwater Fish in a Changing Climate: Resist, Accept, or Direct

Climate change is altering the distribution, phenology (e.g., timing of spawning), and community dynamics of freshwater fishes. Managers have three options for responding to these changes: “Resist” change to maintain or restore historic abiotic and biological conditions; “Accept” change and manage within the new conditions; or “Direct” change to produce new conditions considered desirable by humans. In this paper, Frank Rahel discusses how the inland fisheries management approaches of stocking, regulations, habitat improvement, and community manipulations can be applied within the Resist-Accept-Direct framework.


Spokane Tribe Fish Release

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has extended a special invitation to Annual Meeting attendees to join them on Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30 pm for a salmon release at People's Park in Spokane.

"Our ancestors gathered on the banks of the Spokane River near sƛ’x̣étkw (Spokane Falls) for generations. They would enjoy the bounty of salmon and the life provided by the river. It has been over a century since we have had reason to gather, rejoice, and share in this bounty. That’s about to change!"

Spokane Early Bird Registration Deadline

The early bird gets the discount! Register by Wednesday, July 6 to enjoy early registration savings for the Spokane Annual Meeting.

Climate Communications Training Track

Communication with stakeholders and policymakers has long been a crucial skill for fisheries professionals. However, in this era of growing science skepticism, communicating the impacts of climate change on fisheries resources requires employing proven approaches that connect with audiences on a deeper level and inspire respectful dialog, while conveying the need for urgent action. This intensive new training track includes online sessions before and after the Spokane Annual Meeting, along with workshops and symposia on-site in Spokane. Registration includes in-person meeting registration for Spokane.

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 ? We have two great nearby options with the Davenport Grand (Marriott-affiliated) and Doubletree (Hilton-affiliated) hotels. Reserve your room today!


Hutton Funding Challenge

Last summer, we asked AFS’s membership to donate to the Hutton Program as part of the Hutton Funding Challenge 2.0. With the help of our members, we were able to raise $3,051 to support our Hutton scholars! This year, the Hutton Program is launching the 3rd Annual Hutton Funding Challenge! Our goal for the Hutton Funding Challenge is to receive 50 individual donations, no matter the size, and raise $5,000 for the Hutton Program from June 16th to August 11th. This would allow us to fund an additional student next summer!

We Want to Hear from You!

AFS is asking both member and non-members to take a brief survey. Please make a 10-15-minute investment of your time to share your thoughts and opinions about your membership and how AFS can better serve you, the membership at large, and the fisheries science profession. Your feedback is important to us and will help guide AFS leadership and staff making strategic decisions about current and future programs. All respondents can enter a drawing for your choice of a free AFS book or a $50 Amazon gift card using a separate Google form.

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!


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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