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A Voice for the Fish—and Our Profession

Now, more than ever, our fisheries and aquatic resources and the people who manage them need the support of a strong scientific community. Together we’ve seen the benefits of our work in action—the Wallop-Breaux Sport Fish Restoration Act and Magnuson-Stevens Act transformed fisheries management. Today, as these programs face unprecedented threats, it’s crucial for AFS... Read More

Policy Update May 2017

This week, President Trump released "A New Foundation for American Greatness," $4.1 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) to Congress which largely mirrors the Administration’s Budget Blueprint released earlier this year. The proposal calls for sharp cuts to several agencies that would significantly impact fisheries conservation, research, and management in exchange for increased... Read More

AFS Member Nathaniel Hitt Honored with Presidential Early Career Award

In January, President Obama recognized AFS member Nathaniel “Than” Hitt, Ph.D. as one of 102 scientists and researchers to earn the Presidential Early Career Award, the highest award that the government gives to independent researchers in their early careers. Hitt is a research fish biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Leetown Science Center in West... Read More

New AFS Policy Director Drue Winters

Please join us in welcoming Drue Banta Winters to AFS. Drue joins AFS as the new policy director, temporarily sharing the role with Tom Bigford who will retire later this year. Together they will lead the organization’s policy advocacy efforts, through thoughtful engagement with decision makers on issues that impact aquatic resources. The policy team capitalizes... Read More

New NOAA Economics and Status of Stocks Reports

May 9, 2017 — U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs in 2015 — above the five-year average — according to NOAA’s Fisheries Economics of the United States report released today. Also out today, the Annual Report to... Read More

FISHERIES MAGAZINE – MAY 2017

COLUMNS Guest Column Wrinkles in Time Policy Column Revisiting (or Sharpening) Our Policy Mandate FEATURES  Conservation Challenges and Research Needs for Pacific Lamprey in the Columbia River Basin Targeted Catch-and-Release of Prohibited Sharks: Sand Tigers in Coastal Delaware Waters … and more! Members click below for the May 2017 Fisheries magazine's complete issue. Non-members, join here. Read More

Conservation Challenges and Research Needs for Pacific Lamprey in the Columbia River Basin

By Benjamin J. Clemens, Richard J. Beamish, Kelly C. Coates, Margaret F. Docker,  Jason B. Dunham, Ann E. Gray, Jon E. Hess, Jeffrey C. Jolley, Ralph T. Lampman, Brian J. McIlraith, Mary L. Moser, Joshua G. Murauskas, David L. G. Noakes, Howard A. Schaller, Carl B. Schreck, Steven J. Starcevich, Bianca Streif, Stan J. van de Wetering, Joy Wade, Laurie A. Weitkamp,Lance A. Wyss. The Pacific Lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus, an anadromous fish native to... Read More

Revisiting (or Sharpening) Our Policy Mandate

By Thomas E. Bigford, Policy Director. E-mail: tbigford@fisheries.org It’s been a busy week in what will be a busy year. As an AFS employee and president of the Fish Habitat Section, I’m preparing for the mid-year Governing Board meeting in Mystic, Connecticut. We’re hoping to accelerate efforts to shift the Society’s policy work toward the more... Read More

Policy Update April 2017

As part of our new AFS approach to policy work, the Society recently spent a day in the halls of Congress. In response to on-going efforts to modernize the Endangered Species Act, Tom Bigford and Patrick Shirey met with Legal Counsel and the Marine Policy Fellow in Sen. Booker’s (D-NJ) office and with the Senior... Read More