Policy Statements

The Official Policy Statements of the American Fisheries Society

The American Fisheries Society has crafted 38 official policy statements to provide science-based, objective information for policy makers.

However, many of our Policy Statements have expired under our current rules, which dictate that "[u]nless specified otherwise, all policy statements will be reconsidered by the [Resource Policy Committee] after five years to assure relevancy to current membership concerns." AFS Policy staff is working on a large undertaking to review, revise and revamp our Policy Statements and the publication process.

Policy Statements that remain current are listed below, and Policy Statements that have past their review period are listed under "Archived AFS Policy Statements."

Current AFS Policy Statements

Archived AFS Policy Statements