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POLICY NEWS

EPA Moves Forward to Repeal WOTUS

EPA Moves Forward to Repeal WOTUS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule (WOTUS). Last month, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed rule that was filed in the Federal RegisterThis is the first step in the agency’s plan to repeal and replace the rule. The 30-day public comment period ends August 28, 2017. Read more. 

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Appropriations Bill Aims to Exempt Clean Water Rule from Public Comments

The House Appropriations Committee passed a fiscal year 2018 energy and water appropriations bill this week that includes a policy rider that would allow EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule without consideration of public comments. Read more.

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House Natural Resources Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Magnuson-Stevens Act

On July 19, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee held an oversight hearing to explore regional successes and challenges associated with federal fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Stakeholders from various regions testified on specific management challenges they have faced... Read more.

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House Appropriators Recognize Value of Professional Scientific Societies

House Appropriators Recognize Value of Professional Scientific Societies

The House of Representatives recently passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  The committee report that accompanied the bill recognized the importance of professional societies and specifically mentions AFS. The report highlights the valuable role professional societies hold in assuring sound scientific management principles are applied to resources management through strengthening competencies… Read more.

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PUBLICATIONS

Hydroacoustic Assessment of Behavioral Responses by Fish Passing Near an Operating Tidal Turbine in the East River, New York

An important environmental issue facing the marine and hydrokinetic energy industry is whether fish that encounter underwater energy devices are likely to be struck and injured by moving components, primarily rotating turbine blades. (Photo credit: Kris Unger/Verdant Power, Inc.)  Read more.

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Sample Size Estimation for On-Site Creel Surveys

Resesarchers provide sample size estimators for commonly used creel survey designs and investigate sample size requirements to achieve varying levels of precision. Read more.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monsters of Fish Habitat Science Workshop

Tampa - Sunday, August 20 12:30-3:30 p.m.

The 1980s “Monsters of Rock” tour brought together the best heavy metal bands in the world to play together. The Monsters of Fish Habitat Science workshop will bring together top scientists from around the country for an afternoon of mayhem, mirth, and majorly informative presentations on different aspects of fish habitat science. The seven Monsters will provide fascinating and fun mini-lectures on critical fish habitat science topics. This event is organized by the AFS Fish Habitat, Estuaries, and Marine Fisheries Sections and will benefit student travel awards for the AFS Annual Meeting. Registration is $40 for non-students and $20 for students. You can register online through the Tampa Annual Meeting registration page, or at the door. Read more. 

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AFS Video Meeting APP

App Questions Answered

A few folks had problems with downloading the Annual Meeting app, so here is our advice: If you already have the AFS Annual Meetings app on your device, tap “Exit to show list” from the Dashboard. Choose AFS Annual Meeting 2017, then tap download. If you don't have the app from last year, be sure to type "AFS Annual Meetings" exactly when searching the App Store or Google Play to avoid confusing similar results.

Remember to check the app for announcements and updates on courses and symposia, and don't forget to use our Twitter hashtag #AFS147 to have interactive chat around the activities on social media. Enjoy our quick tutorial video

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Continuing Education in Tampa

This is your chance to take a deeper dive into selected fisheries topics prior to the Annual Meeting! Join us for Continuing Education Workshop offerings that include half-day, full-day, and two-day courses. Topics include: Facilitation Training, Fish Aging, GIS, Survey Design and Implementation, and more. Online registration is available until August 11. Read more. 

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Southern Division Meeting - First Call for Papers

Join the Puerto Rico Chapter of AFS in San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 7-11, 2018) to exchange ideas about the latest fisheries science and foster collegiality in a unique setting. You are invited to submit: symposium proposals, oral presentation abstracts, poster presentation abstracts, and continuing education workshops. Read more.

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See upcoming AFS and other events in our Events Calendar.

Job Hunting

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