Genetic Mixture Analysis Supports Recalibration of the Fishery Regulation Assessment Model

Management of the commercially important Washington coastal Chinook Salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha troll fishery depends on the Chinook Salmon Fishery Regulation Assessment Model (FRAM). The Chinook Salmon FRAM uses historical and contemporary coded wire tag recoveries to estimate abundance and exploitation rates for particular indicator stocks. Those estimates are used to set limits on overall harvest... Read More

Bipartisan Support for RAWA Grows as 36 Lawmakers Co-Sponsor Bill

36 U.S. lawmakers signed on to support Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) this past week. AFS Executive Director Doug Austen made the rounds with and Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on Capitol Hill and met with leaders like Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Gene Green (D-Tex.) to secure sponsors... Read More

World Water Day Brings Good News on Clean Water Rule (WOTUS)

On this World Water Day, AFS learned that a troubling policy rider related to the Clean Water Rule was removed from the Omnibus budget bill for Fiscal Year 2018.  The rider would have allowed EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule without following the Administrative Procedures Act. That means the agencies could ignore public... Read More

President’s Budget Eliminates Funding for Cooperative Units

President Trump’s 2019 budget proposes to slash funding for the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program (CRU), which would eliminate 40 units in 38 states that are highly valued by fish and wildlife professionals. Be the voice for fish! Call your members of Congress today and tell them that you support the work of the Cooperative... Read More

AFS Helps Rebuild Estuaries in Puerto Rico

Impressive Turnout as AFS Volunteers Help Rebuild Estuaries in San Juan Nearly 100 AFS and partner volunteers turned out to support the San Juan Chapter as it helps rebuild estuaries on the island. The first effort was at Ocean Park Beach, since the Aviones Beach suffered too much damage to allow volunteers. Piñones is an... Read More