State Fish & Wildlife Agency Directors Pass Seven Resolutions at AFWA’s 2018 Annual Meeting
Sep 18, 2018, 11:30 AM
The voting membership of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies passed seven resolutions during its Business Meeting held on September 12, 2018.
U.S. House Passes The Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act
Sep 14, 2018, 1:24 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds passage, in the U.S. House of Representatives, of bipartisan legislation to modernize the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (HR 2591). Without increasing taxes or existing user fees, this bill clarifies that the Pittman-Robertson fund can be used by state fish and wildlife agencies for outreach, communication, and education of hunters and recreational target shooters, including focused efforts on the recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters and recreational shooters through R3 initiatives.
Six Honored for Helping Safeguard America’s Valuable Natural Resources
Sep 10, 2018, 11:58 AM
Today at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting, six organizations and individuals were honored by their peers as recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award, established in 2016, recognizes exemplary leadership by individuals, agencies, businesses and other organizations to reduce impacts and advance adaptation of the nation’s vital natural resources and the many people who depend on them in a changing world.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on a Series of Reports on Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Sep 4, 2018, 12:14 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see a series of reports released today by the American Sportfishing Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, showcasing expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages.
Statement on Passage of the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act
Aug 6, 2018, 4:05 PM
Last week the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation advanced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (S. 3119). This proposed legislation seeks to provide needed flexibility and contains surgical and pragmatic amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) that will allow states in the Columbia River Basin to balance the ongoing conservation of sea lions with that of other species that also warrant protection.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Regarding the Proposed Reforms to Enhance Implementation of the Endangered Species Act
Jul 23, 2018, 10:38 AM
On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) jointly proposed revisions to the regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is encouraged to see the Service’s continued efforts to improve ESA implementation.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act in the Senate
Jul 17, 2018, 3:48 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.3223) in the U.S. Senate today. Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) introduced legislation that recommends funding for conservation of those fish and wildlife species in greatest need across the country.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Commends the Missouri Supreme Court Ruling on Captive Deer and Elk
Jul 6, 2018, 1:43 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies commends the Missouri Supreme Court ruling that reaffirms the Missouri Department of Conservation’s authority to regulate captive deer and elk in their state, reversing an earlier lower court ruling. This week, in a unanimous decision, the Court handed down the opinion that even if animals are confined or born in captivity, if that animal is wild by nature, it is considered wildlife and thus under the purview of the conservation department.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies about the Proposed Reorganization of the Department of Interior
Jun 22, 2018, 11:02 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies learned yesterday of the Administration’s proposal to merge administrative responsibilities of other Agencies into the Department of Interior (DOI) in an effort to improve the efficiency of the regulatory process. Included in this proposal, the Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service would return to DOI and merge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The purpose of this reorganization is to consolidate the administration of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act into one Agency within DOI. This merger would also look to combine the two Agencies’ science and management capacity, with the intent of creating a more consistent Federal fisheries and wildlife policy and improved service to the public, particularly on infrastructure permitting.
Bsal Rapid Response Plan Now Available
Jun 19, 2018, 9:07 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is pleased to announce a new Bsal Rapid Response Plan developed to address the emerging threat posed by the amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans or Bsal. Although this lethal pathogen has not yet been detected in North America, experts believe that the chance of a future outbreak is high and may severely impact many of our nearly 200 species of salamanders and the ecosystems they inhabit.