Policy News

Fish and Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap Helps Agencies Adapt to Change

By Chris Smith, Wildlife Management Institute The Fish and Wildlife Relevancy Roadmap  is now available on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (AFWA) website. The Roadmap provides practical, non-prescriptive guidance agencies can use to adapt to ongoing changes in the social, ecological, and economic context for fish and wildlife conservation. These changes include accelerated... Read More

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National Fish Habitat Partnership Act Passes House

December 17, 2019 – The bipartisan National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnership Act (H.R. 1747), introduced by U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Marc Veasey (D-Texas), passed in the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a broader package of natural resource legislation last week. The bill also advanced through the Senate in the Committee on Environment and Public... Read More

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Reaches 150 Co-sponsors

House Bill Addressing America’s Wildlife Crisis Gains 150+ Bipartisan Cosponsors More than one-third of all wildlife species in the United States are at-risk or vulnerable to extinction — and now more than one-third of the members of the House agree on a solution. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bipartisan House bill aimed... Read More

Science Prominent in Maui Groundwater Supreme Court Oral Arguments and Questions

Analysis and transcript of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments and questions in County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, including topics addressed in the aquatic science societies’ amicus brief. SCOTUSblog analysis: Nina Totenberg’s report on NPR: Oral argument transcript: Read More

Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation Groups Oppose Changes to Clean Water Act Section 401 Process

PDF version October 21, 2019 Administrator Andrew Wheeler Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20460 Submitted via RE: Comments on Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0405 Dear Administrator Wheeler, On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, the undersigned hunting, fishing, and conservation groups write in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s... Read More

Science Societies Oppose Changes to Water Quality Rules

PDF version of letter October 21, 2019 Mr. Andrew R. Wheeler Acting Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460 Via Re: Submission of Comments to EPA regarding the proposed rule “Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification” (84 FR 44080; Docket Number EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0405-0025) Dear Administrator Wheeler: On behalf of the... Read More

More than 1,000 Scientists Call for Proactive Conservation; Urge Passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

For Immediate Release October 17, 2019 Contact: Drue Banta Winters, 504-220-7868, [email protected] Caroline Murphy, 301-897-9770 x 308, [email protected]  More than 1,000 Scientists Call for Proactive Conservation; Urge Passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Today, more than 1,000 scientists from every state along with several territories and tribes sent a letter to members of Congress urging... Read More

Conservation, Sporting, and Outdoor Groups Call for Passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

October 17, 2019 The Honorable Jared Huffman Chairman Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee 1522 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Tom McClintock Ranking Member Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee 1522 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Huffman, Ranking Member McClintock and the Members of the Water, Oceans and Wildlife... Read More

Recent Aquaculture Video Does Not Reflect Fish Handling Practices at Most Aquaculture Facilities

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) supports responsible and humane production of fish in aquaculture facilities.  Yesterday, the nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based organization, Compassion Over Killing, released a video of an aquaculture farm that depicts disturbing images that are not in keeping with best practices in fish handling.  The conditions in the facility in the video are... Read More