Resource Policy Committee


The Resource Policy Committee helps the Society evaluate, develop, and maintain resource policies by assessing concerns of the membership, advising the AFS President and Executive Director about aquatic resource issues, producing or coordinating draft resource policy statements for Society approval, and reviewing approved policies to ensure usefulness.

It is composed of a Chair, Vice-Chair, and up to fifteen members, appointed for staggered 2-year terms. Membership is renewable for an additional two terms for a maximum total of six years. No more than eight members are replaced during any one calendar year. At least one member is from Canada or Mexico. The President-Elect is a voting member. The Editor of Fisheries, Executive Director, and Policy Director are nonvoting members.

2021-2022 Resource Policy Committee Members


Jodi Whittier
University of Missouri
Email: [email protected]




Standing members will be delegates appointed by unit presidents and represent the four AFS divisions and these 21 AFS sections:

  • Bioengineering
  • Canadian Aquatic Resources
  • Education
  • Student Subsection of Education
  • Early Life History
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Estuaries
  • Fisheries Administration
  • Fish Culture
  • Fish Health
  • Fish Habitat
  • Fishery Information and Technology
  • Fisheries Management
  • Fish Genetics
  • International Fisheries
  • Introduced Fish
  • Marine Fisheries
  • Physiology
  • Science Communication
  • Socio-economics
  • Water Quality

Another 5-10 at-large RPC members shall be selected by the chair from AFS members expressing interest. Membership should provide diversity across geography, technical field, and membership category (students, early career professionals, regular members, retired, etc.). The AFS President-elect and Policy Director hold ex-officio seats on this committee.

AFS Unit   Name   Email
SEC-BIOENG Patrick O’Rouke [email protected]
SEC-CARS Caleb Hasler [email protected]
SEC-EDU Mark Fincel [email protected]
SEC-ELH Dominique Robert [email protected]
SEC-EQO Shivonne Nesbit [email protected]
SEC-EST James M. Vasslides  [email protected]
SEC-FADMIN Ken Kurzawski [email protected]
SEC-FCUL Dan Mosier  [email protected]
SEC-FHEAL Gary Whelan & Jesse Trushenski  [email protected],

[email protected]
SEC-FISHHAB Tim Birdsong [email protected]
SEC-FIT Dirk Miller  [email protected]
SEC-FMGMT Jeff Koch  [email protected]
SEC-GENE Marlis Douglas [email protected]
SEC-INTLF Dana Infante [email protected]
SEC-INTROF Marybeth Bray [email protected]
SEC-MARFIS Desmond Kahn [email protected]
SEC-PHY Susan Edwards [email protected]
SEC- SCS Sean Landsman [email protected]
SEC-SOCIO Baine Etherton [email protected]
SEC-WTRQ Chris Yoder [email protected]
Western Todd Pearsons [email protected]
Southern Dennis Reicke [email protected]
North Central Joe Conroy [email protected]
Northeast John Magee [email protected]

AFS Staff

Douglas Austen
Executive Director
[email protected]

Drue Winters
Policy Director
[email protected]