Avoiding Domestication of an Endangered Species: Conservation Culture of California’s Delta Smelt

Jeff Schaeffer | AFS Co-Chief Science Editor. E-mail: [email protected] This article highlights efforts to conserve Delta Smelt Hypomesus transpacificus, an endangered species threatened by habitat loss and drought in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. This is an important topic because several social media communications have blamed Delta Smelt for exacerbating California’s current drought issues. This has... Read More

Identifying Endocrine Disrupters as an Emerging Issue: Smallmouth Bass in the Potomac River

Jeff Schaeffer | AFS Co-Chief Science Editor. E-mail: [email protected] With this article, Vicky Blazer (U.S. Geological Survey, National Fish Health Research Laboratory) and her colleagues established clearly that endocrine disruptors were a potential issue for fish health, and not just in watersheds with high human population densities. They found a surprisingly high incidence of intersex... Read More

AFS Responds to an Op-Ed in the New York Times on Trout Fishing in the Northeast US

“The Cost of Trout Fishing,” a recent op-ed piece by Douglas Thompson in the New York Times (Thompson 2015), included several inaccurate statements and fundamental misunderstandings of fisheries management and aquaculture. As fisheries research and management professionals, the American Fisheries Society would like to set the record straight. The mission of the American Fisheries Society... Read More

The Sordid Trail of an AFS Response to New York Times Op-ed Piece

Douglas Austen, AFS Executive Director Back on April 11, 2015, the New York Times (NYT) published an op-ed by Douglas Thompson on trout fishing and hatcheries that some AFS members found to include some truths but also a troubling amount of erroneous information and misrepresentations of facts. Until relatively recently, AFS has not been actively... Read More