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New AFS Paper on Loss of Protection for Headwaters and Wetlands under WOTUS

In anticipation of a narrower WOTUS rule, AFS has released a new paper that highlights the loss of ecosystem services, the increased threat to imperiled species, impacts to commercial and recreational fisheries, and the loss of cultural value from reduced Clean Waters Act protection for headwater systems.

Research Offers Snapshot of Local Impacts from WOTUS Revisions

AFS members and Units will soon be able to comment on impacts of the Clean Water Act. In this study, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota analyzed the surprising impacts of the proposed rule in three states with diverse watersheds, which may provide guidance for comments.

Governing Board Meets in Cleveland during Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference

It may have been minus 14 degrees in Cleveland but the hospitality was warm as the AFS Governing Board and fisheries and wildlife scientists from the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference shared their space inside the Cleveland Hilton.

Reno-Tahoe Countdown

With less than a month to go, we would like to remind you that the 2019 symposia proposal and abstract submission deadlines for our Reno-Tahoe joint conference with The Wildlife Society are nearly here. Also, please consider joining our new Reno-Tahoe 2019 Facebook group, where you can collaborate with TWS colleagues on joint symposia ideas.


Hand-cranked Electrofishing for Catfish in North Carolina

Populations of nonnative catfishes have been established in the Cape Fear, Black, Lumber, and Waccamaw rivers in southeastern North Carolina for 20–50 years. In response to native fish declines, the removal of nonnative catfishes has been encouraged in specific reaches of these rivers by utilizing recreational hand‐crank electrofishing (HCE).

Strangers in Their Own Streams

From Fisheries magazine: Restoring Lake Sturgeon populations to the lower Mississippi River Basin was the topic of the 2018 Student Writing Contest Winning Essay by Michael J. Moore. Read more about his research adventures.


Feb 20: New Webinar on Diversity, Inclusion, and Collaborative Networks in Fisheries

Come connect the dots with us this February! Join Brooke Penaluma and Ivan Arismendi as they discuss how to be collaborative with diversity and inclusion in your professions. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST. Register here.

Hutton Scholar Applications Close February 15

AFS is looking for students around the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as a few specified locations listed below, to apply to the 2019 Hutton Program! If you know of any potential Hutton Scholars in Alaska, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, or Wyoming, please let us know. Both student and mentor applications are open until February 15.

New Process for Best Student Paper/Poster at 2019 Meeting

If you are planning to present at the 2019 AFS meeting in Reno-Tahoe and want to compete in the AFS Best Student Presentation Symposium (both oral and poster presentations) please go here for instructions for emailing your abstract to Trent Sutton.


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