Policy News

WOTUS Repeal Comment Period Ending Soon

Time is running out to submit your comment to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on the proposed repeal of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS).  The comment period will close on September 27, 2017.  Make your voice heard! Comment here. AFS and 11 other science societies submitted a joint comment letter to oppose the... Read More

The House of Representatives Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Bills; AFS Urges Senate to Reject WOTUS Rider

In mid-September, the House passed an omnibus spending package containing all 12 of the major appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018. Senate appropriators are still working bills through the committee process. The House and Senate will need to reconcile their respective bills before the budget moves forward to President Trump for signature. Shortly after returning... Read More

Senate Letter Requesting Full Funding for USGS Cooperative Research Units

Honorable Lisa Murkowski Chairwoman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies U.S. Senate Honorable Tom Udall Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies U.S. Senate Dear Chairwoman Murkowski and Ranking Member Udall: We write to ask for your support for an additional $4.5 million to the existing $17.3 million for the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish... Read More

Rivers and Fish, Not Rivers Versus Fish

Based on a casual skim of the literature, it seems that water, and therefore fish, is often included in debate about fire suppression, interbasin transfers, drought, meteorological anomalies, industrial uses, agricultural practices, and much more. Sorry to share bad news, but there may be two more freshwater issues to concern us all—increasing salinity and shifting hydrology. Read More

Interview with new NOAA Fisheries head Chris Oliver

Sport Fishing magazine interviewed Chris Oliver, who was recently named assistant administrator of NOAA Fisheries. The interview touches on topics such as commercial vs. recreational fisheries management strategies, Magnuson-Stevens Act re-authorization, NOAA’s placement in the Department of Commerce, management of Red Snapper, FY 2018 budget cuts, offshore aquaculture, and catch shares in recreational fisheries. Read the... Read More

ASMFC Seeking Comment on Atlantic Menhaden FMP

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is seeking public input on Draft Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Menhaden. Amendment 3 was initiated in 2015 to address several concerns in the fishery, including the adoption of ecological reference points (ERPs) and a new quota allocation scheme. The ERPs are... Read More

Trump Administration Solicits Input on WOTUS Replacement

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is pursuing a two-step process to repeal the Obama administration’s 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule and craft a replacement, using a narrower legal definition promoted by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Trump administration will hold 10 teleconferences and one in-person meeting to solicit input as it prepares... Read More

Magnuson-Stevens Act Hearing

On September 12, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Panelists will talk about the successes and challenges of MSA from the perspective of commercial, charter, and recreational fishermen. The Committee hearing is scheduled for... Read More