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Policy Column: Crossing the Finish Line: Help Pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act this Congress

Drue Banta Winters | AFS Policy Director. Email: [email protected] Imagine a world where fisheries professionals have enough resources to keep fish from sliding to extinction. Sounds like a fairytale, right? Given the challenges facing fish and the hurdles of navigating big ticket legislation through Congress, I would normally agree. Yet, we’ve never been closer to... Read More

AFS and TWS Urge Senate Environment Committee to Approve the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY ● THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY 06 April 2022 Senator Tom Carper, Chair Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 410 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Ranking Member Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 456 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Capito,... Read More

AQUAA Act Builds Framework for US Marine Aquaculture Development

(Letter sent to all U.S. Senators) February 14, 2022 United States Senate Constitution Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator, We write to request your support for increasing U.S. production of healthful, sustainable, and affordable seafood through marine aquaculture. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Reps. Ed Case (D-HI) and... Read More

Call for Aquatic Invasive Species Experts

AFS is looking for experts in Aquatic Invasive Species to help inform an important policy initiative! AFS has identified invasive species as a key challenge for aquatic resources and called for a focus on preventing introduction of new invasive species and control of existing invasive species. For decades, a patchwork of federal and state laws... Read More

Conservation Considerations for Infrastructure Implementation

March 2, 2022 The Honorable Deb Haaland Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20250 The Honorable Pete Buttigieg Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20590 The Honorable... Read More

Aquatic Science Societies Call for Science-based Definition of Waters of the US

American Fisheries Society • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society • International Association for Great Lakes Research • North American Lake Management Society • Phycological Society of America • Society for Freshwater Science • Society of Wetland Scientists February 7, 2022 Mr.... Read More

AFS and TWS Urge Senate Committee to Consider Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY ● THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY 07 December 2021 Senator Tom Carper, Chair Environment and Public Works Committee U.S. Senate 410 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Senator Shelley Moore Capito Environment and Public Works Committee U.S. Senate 456 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Capito,... Read More

AFS Calls for More Investment in Conservation in Farm Bill

October 7, 2021 The Honorable Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader United States Senate The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Dear Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, Thank you for your ongoing efforts to pass a Build Back Better Act that includes robust funding for climate-smart agriculture. As you continue to... Read More

AFS and Other Aquatic Science Societies Call for Urgent Reduction in Carbon Emissions to Protect Fish from Climate Change

Download PDF version September 21, 2021 The Honorable John Kerry Special Presidential Envoy for Climate U.S. Department of State Dear Special Envoy Kerry: In advance of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) would like to make you aware of the global consensus of aquatic science societies... Read More

Science, Conservation, and Outdoor Groups Urge Establishment of Replacement Clean Water Act Rule

The Honorable Michael Regan Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Mail Code 1101A Mr. Jaime A. Pinkham Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) 108 Army Pentagon Washington, DC 20310-0108 Submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov RE: Docket ID... Read More