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Recovering America's Wildlife Act: Seeking More Sponsors

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the most impactful wildlife conservation funding bill in a generation. The bill will dedicate $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement science-based wildlife action plans and an additional $97.5 million for tribal fish and wildlife managers to conserve fish and wildlife on tribal lands and waters.

You can sign onto a group letter as an individual or AFS Units can use our letter template to quickly and easily ask your Congressperson to support this important bill. For other ways you can take action, see our recorded webinar with The Wildlife Society.

State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Funding Gathers Support

A "Dear Colleague" letter circulating in the House requesting support for robust funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (STWG) program has garnered 171 signatures. The STWG program provides state, territories, and Tribes with resources needed to implement proactive and effective wildlife conservation actions critical to recovering endangered and threatened species and preventing further species from becoming listed.


Recovery of Diadromous Fishes: A Kennebec River Case Study

In 1997, for the first time in history, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered the removal of a dam (Edwards Dam) for the purpose of restoring fisheries to a river system (the Kennebec River). This is the first paper to provide a comprehensive review of ecological conditions in the Kennebec River before and after the removal of Edwards Dam.


Baltimore 2021 – Why You Should Attend the AFS Annual Meeting

You would not be alone if you were wondering why you should attend the AFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore in 2021. Like most of us, you may be concerned about your health; after all, isn’t there still a pandemic going on? And really, airports? Hmmm…. Well, dear reader, allow us to improve your thinking on this subject.

Using Opportunistic Datasets to Infer Spatial Management Strategies of Local Fisheries in the U.S. Caribbean Region

As an initial step towards the implementation of an ecosystem‐based approach to management, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council has recently ratified three island‐based fishery management plans that will supplant the existing regional plans. The newly formed management plans account for nuances among the island platforms in the U.S. Caribbean, including ecological, cultural, and social considerations. The island‐based approach represents a novel strategy among the eight fishery management councils in the United States and therefore remains an untested technique.


AFS Election Webinar

It’s that time of year to have your voice heard regarding the next AFS officer! Officers serve AFS for 5 years; the 4th year in the cycle is the presidency. Join us on Wednesday, May 19 at 1 pm EDT, for a webinar with the 2021 Second Vice President candidates. Miguel Garcia and Brad Parsons will be online to answer a few additional questions leading up to the election. Voting opens on Monday, May 24th; AFS members will receive instructions via email on how to vote.

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New AFS Section Approved

The new Cooperative Research with Stakeholders Section was approved by AFS members in an online vote. The Section aims to advance the Society’s promotion of scientific research and sustainable management of fisheries resources by encouraging and facilitating research partnerships among scientists, stakeholders, and resource users, especially commercial fishermen/harvesters and recreational anglers. Contact Lee Benaka ([email protected]) for more information.

Save the Date for
JASM 2022

The next Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) of the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies will be held May 16-20, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Under the theme of "Rapid Changes - Collaborative Solutions" nine societies will gather to share science, network, and collaborate on common issues. This event is in addition to next year's regular AFS Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, in August.


EVENTS: See upcoming AFS and other fisheries events in our Events Calendar
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