New report from High Country News: According to a new survey and report compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 73 percent of Fish and Wildlife scientists say political influence is too high at the agency and a relative majority believes their office is less effective than it was five years ago. Those alarming figures stand out at Fish and Wildlife, compared with other surveyed federal science agencies where staff generally feels scientific integrity is holding firm or on the rise.
You could likely argue the same for many state and local fisheries agencies. Check out the Union of Concerned Scientists’ report here.
The main barrier to addressing problems? Lack of staff and resources.