President’s Commentary

President’s Message to AFS Members

Greetings AFS Members: During this uncertain and unsettled time, I hope that all of you are healthy and well.  As an organization at the intersection of science and society, AFS is committed to leading by example and incorporating science into our decision-making.  We want to keep you up to date as we navigate these uncharted... Read More

AFS, at Your Service

Throughout my time serving as an officer of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), I have engaged in many discussions concerning membership. Those discussions have concerned topics such as how many members we have, why we don’t have more members, why many fisheries professionals attend Chapter meetings but do not become AFS members, and what can... Read More

PRESIDENT’S COMMENTARY: The AFS Role in High-Priority Policy Issues

By Steve McMullin, AFS President President Barack Obama once famously said, “Elections have consequences.” The first year of the Trump Administration clearly demonstrates the truth of that statement, and the consequences for fisheries and the environment are potentially “huge.” The Trump Administration’s approach to science and the environment during its first year in office included... Read More

The Future of AFS Journals

By Steve McMullin, AFS President. E-mail: [email protected] You probably have heard by now that one of the benefits of the Society’s new publishing contract with Wiley is that all AFS members will receive complimentary online access to all of our journals, plus another journal published by Wiley, beginning in January 2018. The rapidly changing world... Read More

Can Fisheries Scientists Win the War on Science?

By Steve McMullin, AFS President In case you had not noticed, scientists have a communication problem. When people in the news disregard, deny, or even attack the science associated with a policy issue, they usually have an agenda that runs counter to the scientific evidence. When people who listen to people in the news disregard,... Read More

Is There a Solution?

By Joe Margraf, AFS President. E-mail: [email protected] If you’ve been following my column, you know I grew up on the water and fishing. I had fish in tubs in our basement. I love fish and the outdoors. I started my career working for a state agency, but spent most of the first 10 years in... Read More

The Dark Side of Safety

INTRODUCTION BY JOE MARGRAF, AFS PRESIDENT I feel so strongly about safety in the fisheries profession that I wanted to devote my column to the following piece written by our Second Vice President Scott A. Bonar. Bonar was compelled to write this by the sudden and untimely death of one of his graduate students. His... Read More