Policy News

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

Commerce Secretary Wades into Marine Fisheries Management

As Commerce chief, Secretary Wilbur Ross’ portfolio includes oversight of NOAA, but it is rather unusual for a cabinet level official to wade into federal fisheries management decisions.  National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or NOAA Fisheries), a unit within NOAA is charged with management of the nation’s fisheries. With the help of the six regional... Read More