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The Science Framework for Implementing the Fisheries Protection Provisions of Canada’s Fisheries Act

Jake Rice, Michael J. Bradford, Keith D. Clarke, Marten A. Koops, Robert G. Randall, and Roger Wysocki In 2012, Canada’s Fisheries Act was amended. New fisheries protection provisions provide for the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries. These provisions replace previous provisions that focused on fish habitats, and concerns have been... Read More

Fisheries Magazine – June 2015

Highlights of Fisheries Magazine – June 2015 In this Issue: • Policy Column Nature-Based Remedies to Societal Woes • AFS News Improving Communication/Cooperation among Aquatic Professional Societies • Interviews Q&A: Interview with Jay Hemdal, Toledo Zoo Fish Curator Q&A: Interview with Sara Turner PEER • Muskellunge and Northern Pike Ecology and Management: Important Issues and... Read More

Fisheries Magazine – May 2015

Highlights of Fisheries Magazine – May 2015  In this Issue: • President’s Commentary Highlighting the 2014 AFS Award of Excellence Recipient—  Kenneth A. Rose • Policy Column Top 10 Policy Issues for AFS • Student Angle How to Navigate Fisheries Education and Employment • AFS News AFS Hosts Capitol Hill Briefings on Marine Fisheries Management... Read More

Maybe It's Not Just About the Fish

by Tom Bigford, Policy Director Most of my previous columns focused on fish, fish habitat, fishing, fish agencies, fish communications, etc. Anything fishy was fair game. But my supposedly wide net may well have been naïve. The last month has been eye-opening, and incredibly exciting. With better hindsight than foresight, I now see what I... Read More

News Bites – May 2015

“Lousy sockeye are lousy competitors” Constellations of Herring Where the Herring spawn Diving in New England, USA Our changing seas I, II, III Lazy sunfish not so lazy “Slightly Refreshing News In A Time of Drought” Can we breed Arctic cod in the lab? Disco clam! Whale nerves and bungee cords  Mandarinfish: “beautiful but poisonous”... Read More

Shall We Advocate?

by Thomas E. Bigford, Policy Director Advocacy in its simplest construct has two components — an issue and a voice. Life is rarely so simple, as is definitely true about advocacy. AFS is actively engaged in that debate as we consider roles that may position us to be a stronger advocate for our needs and... Read More

Trade-offs between fisheries and the conservation of ecosystem function are defined by management strategy

by Christopher J Brown* and Peter J Mumby Efforts to conserve marine biodiversity must move beyond conserving individual species within protected areas and seek to preserve the functional roles that species perform in ecosystems across seascapes. For instance, herbivorous and predatory (including invertebrate-feeding) fish are critical for maintaining coralreef habitat and the diversity of dependent... Read More