Archived Policy Statements

Historical Archive of Official Policy Statements of the American Fisheries Society

The American Fisheries Society crafted 38 official policy statements from 1933 to 2016 to provide science-based, objective information for policy makers.

Under AFS rules, “[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 completed a detailed review of the Society’s policy work in 2016, deciding to shift from this type of policy statements and background documents to a more proactive effort designed to reflect opportunities to make use of the best available information on fisheries and aquatic resources.

Please see our recent policy statements that were crafted through a new process; all other policies and background documents are listed below in our “archives.” Those documents are available for historical purposes and do not necessarily reflect Society positions or best available knowledge.

Archived AFS Policy Statements