Proposed Legislative and Regulatory Changes for Endangered Species

In mid-July, Senator John Barrasso (R.-Wyo.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a “discussion draft” of a bill that seeks to amend the Endangered Species Act.  The committee held a hearing on July 17 to explore the proffered changes. The bill is largely based on the recommendations of the Western Governors Association for... Read More

Administration Flip Flops on Rationale for WOTUS Repeal

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have taken a new tack to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule or WOTUS Rule.  On July 6, the agencies issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to amend a July 2017 proposed action that delayed the implementation of the WOTUS Rule with a... Read More

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Introduced in Senate

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, S.B. 3223, was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday by Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), and cosponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.); Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). The bill would authorize up to $1.3 billion annually, subject to appropriations, for state fish and wildlife agencies to support... Read More


The AFS Officers are happy to announce that Leanne Roulson has been elected by membership to serve as the Second Vice President for the Society, taking effect at the end of the Annual Meeting in Atlantic City. Leanne is a fisheries biologist and environmental policy specialist. She is an AFS-Certified Fisheries professional with more than... Read More

AQUAA Act Aquaculture Bill Introduced

At the end of last month, Sen. Roger Wicker introduced S.3138, the “Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture Act,” or AQUAA Act, that provides for a regulatory system for marine aquaculture in the United States exclusive economic zone.  The bill seeks to establish an Office of Marine Aquaculture within the National Marine Fisheries... Read More

A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Continuing Technical Merits of PHABSIM

Since its initial development and application in the mid‐1970s, the Physical Habitat Simulation System (PHABSIM) and models, which are part of the instream flow incremental methodology (IFIM) developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Bovee and Milhous 1978; Bovee 1982), has been extensively used (Reiser et al. 1989; Hatfield and Bruce 2000; Locke et al. 2008), reviewed (e.g., Wesche and Rechard 1980;... Read More

Why Keep Hatcheries? Weighing the Economic Cost and Value of Fish Production for Public Use and Public Trust Purposes

Resource allocation for fisheries management and conservation in the United States has not grown substantially in recent years, and there is ongoing debate over how limited resources should be used to create, maintain, or restore fisheries. Hatcheries have been in existence in North America since 1848, but their organization and role in fisheries management are... Read More

Young Professional Survey Results: Member and Nonmember Perspectives on Decisions to Join the American Fisheries Society

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) recently extended the eligibility period for the young professional membership category from 3 years to 5 years post‐graduation based on a recommendation from a committee formed by the Fisheries Management and Education sections. The basis of this recommendation grew out of a survey conducted with fisheries professionals from across North... Read More