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Forest Service Releases New Fish and Aquatic Strategy

On November 15, the USDA Forest Service released Rise to the Future: National Fish and Aquatic Strategy. In the 30 years since the inception of Rise to the Future, the Forest Service’s and the conservation community’s understanding of the threats and stressors that need to be addressed to achieve successful fish conservation outcomes have changed.... Read More

South Atlantic Council Opens Red Snapper Season

On October 27, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council announced open commercial and recreational fisheries for Red Snapper. The recreational season opened in federal waters of the South Atlantic for two consecutive three-day weekends, November 3-5 and November 10-12. The commercial fishery opened November 2 with a 75-pound (gutted weight) trip limit and no minimum... Read More

AFS Featured Prominently at CERF 2017

AFS was heavily involved in planning the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation’s (CERF) biennial conference in Providence on November 5-9 and several AFS members had important roles at the event. The society’s contributions include arranging a video welcome from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to Rhode Island, co-designing two science sessions on anadromous fish, co-organizing a... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Protect National Wildlife Refuges Introduced by Nine Members of Congress

Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee along with Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz), Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-NMI), and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) have introduced a bipartisan bill to support the National Wildlife... Read More

Regional Approaches to Marine Resource Management

By Tom Bigford, AFS Policy Co-Director Regional approaches make sense when managing aquatic resources. Critters have no respect for state borders, turf battles, or regulatory jurisdiction. Ditto for air, water, and sediments. For those reasons, I am heartened by the recent progress by regional planning bodies to develop ocean plans for significant sections of our... Read More

AFS Concerned by EPA Decision to Pull Scientists from Providence Workshop

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cancelled the speaking appearances of three scientists at an event launching the “State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed” report in Providence, Rhode Island. The peer reviewed report summarizes work of more than 50 university, government, non-profit, and private sector scientists. It highlights the many successes resulting from sound, science-based... Read More

AFS Members Testify in Magnuson-Stevens Hearing; McMullin Calls for Special Committee

The Senate Commerce Committee Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee convened a Magnuson-Stevens Act re-authorization hearing focusing on fisheries science on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The hearing, a fourth of the series, focused on the state of our nation’s fisheries and the science that supports sustainable management. The witnesses included two AFS members, Ray... Read More