Press Releases

AFS Joins Over 50 Leading American Nonpartisan Organizations in Call for Presidential Candidates to Address Major Issues in Science, Engineering, Technology, Health, and the Environment

Contact: Martha Wilson [email protected] 301.897.8616 ext 233 WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2016 — A blue-ribbon coalition of fifty-six leading U.S. nonpartisan organizations, representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, are calling on U.S. Presidential candidates to address a set of twenty major issues in science, engineering, technology, health and the environment, and encouraging journalists... Read More

Rome Declaration Launches International Cross-Sectoral Effort for Responsible Inland Fisheries

Inland fisheries around the world – and the people who depend on them for food, livelihoods, and well-being – need international cross-sectoral action to improve the sustainability of freshwater aquatic resources, according to recommendations supported last week at the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)... Read More


Good news for fish and wildlife programs that have been underfunded for decades. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (HR5650) bill announced yesterday offers hope for bipartisan support that would vastly increase funding for state programs.  —AFS Policy Director Tom Bigford Washington, DC (July 7, 2016) –Yesterday, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the... Read More

Invasive Asian Carp Respond Strongly to Carbon Dioxide

Adding carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to water, a process similar to making carbonated soda water, could help control the movement and behavior of invasive carp in the Great Lakes basin, according to a recent study published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. Bighead Carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis and Silver Carp H. molitrix are species of invasive... Read More

1,500 Organizations Around the World to Celebrate World Fish Migration Day

Event highlights importance of open rivers and migratory fish World Fish Migration Day (WFMD), held on May 21, 2016, will bring together more than 1,500 organizations, featuring more than 350 events worldwide. Organized by the World Fish Migration Foundation, this one day global initiative calls attention to the needs of migratory fish to ensure that more natural river networks... Read More

Fire and Fish: How Fire Management Affects Aquatic Ecosystems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2014 Contact: Beth Beard bbeard@fisheries. 301-897-8616 office 240-687-3761 cell Québec City, Canada—With wildfires raging in the West this summer, it is time to reassess our knowledge-base and understanding of fire management. While humans may think they are helping when they control wildfires, they may actually be doing a disservice to... Read More

Eel Experts in Quebéc City

EEL EXPERTS GATHER IN QUÉBEC CITY             August 15, 2014 Contact: Beth Beard [email protected] 301-897-8616 office 240-687-3761 cell QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA—Eels are truly unusual fish with an ancient history dating back to the age of dinosaurs. Their biological makeup includes a rare trait—mature adults migrate to the Sargasso Sea in... Read More