Policy News

SHARE Act Hearing

The House Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing on H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, SHARE Act, for September 12, at 10:00 am EDT in Room 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Congressmen Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and Gene Green, D-Texas, introduced the bill in the House of Representatives on September 1.  H.R.... Read More

Making the Case for Science

Drue Winters, AFS Policy Director. E-mail: [email protected] Throughout its nearly 150-year history, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) has had an interest and a role in shaping state and federal natural resource policy. However, the Society’s level of engagement and the willingness of its membership to take positions on important policy issues has varied over time.... Read More

Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) Letter Submission Form for Scientists

Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to rescind the Clean Water Rule. (Details available on the Federal Register). The Clean Water Rule, which was developed using the best available, peer-reviewed science, clarifies which waters are and are not categorically protected under the Clean Water Act. Specifically, the Clean... Read More

HELP for Wildlife Act

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) advanced S. 1514, The Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (HELP for Wildlife Act), on July 26.  The bill contains several provisions important to conservationists, sportsmen, and fisheries managers including re-authorizations of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the National Fish and... Read More

House Appropriators Recognize Value of Professional Scientific Societies

The House of Representatives recently passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  The committee report that accompanied the bill recognized the importance of professional societies and specifically mentions AFS. The report highlights the valuable role professional societies hold in assuring sound scientific management principles are applied to... Read More

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Magnuson-Stevens Act

On July 19, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee held an oversight hearing to explore regional successes and challenges associated with federal fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Stakeholders from various regions testified on specific management challenges they have faced, and highlighted reforms that could be... Read More

EPA Moves Forward to Repeal WOTUS

UPDATE: EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period by 30 days for the proposed repeal of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) to provide additional time for stakeholders to weigh in. The comment period, as now extended, will close on September 27, 2017. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving... Read More