Three articles on this subject.
UFO reports up, UFO reports down: The media’s roller coaster reporting
By Jason McClellan
On November 5, 2012, the International Business Times and other media outlets published stories claiming that UFO sightings are on the decline. The source for this claim is a press release issued by the UK-based Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP). This group asserts that “ufology has seemingly been in global decline” since the 1980s, and that “in many parts of the world, UFO sightings have exhibited a general downward trend.”
But wait. I thought UFO sighting reports were at near-record levels.
The Winnipeg-based group Ufology Research tracks UFO sighting reports in Canada, and data published in their 2011 Canadian UFO Survey concluded that 2011 was a near-record year for UFO sighting reports in Canada. The year’s numbers were just shy of the record set in 2008.
UFO witness reports on rise: U.S. investigations expanding
By Roger Marsh
Ufology is alive and well in the United States and the field appears to be fast growing along with strong growth in witness testimony, according to statistics compiled through early November 2012 with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
A November 4, 2012, story published in The Telegraph was one of several media outlets reporting on a statement made by Dave Wood, chairman of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP). Wood said a meeting had been called to address a crisis in the UFO subject to consider whether or not the subject was “a thing of the past.”
Wood cites UFO groups who have gone under and a decline in interest and reports on UFOs.
Reached at his Cincinnati headquarters office today, MUFON Executive Director David MacDonald said ufology was alive and well.
UFO watchers consider future after decline in sightings
By Tom Clarke
The occurrence of “significant UFO events” has dropped notably over the past two decades, according to an organisation involved in UFO research.
The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (Assap) has said this trend has become so extreme that the UFO debate now focuses on only a handful of events, including claims that a flying saucer crashed at Roswell in New Mexico in the 1940s.
Assap has also noted a change in the nature of reported sightings.
“Even when reputed physical evidence surfaces it takes novel and extreme forms, including cattle mutilations, alien implants and alien autopsies,” promotional literature for the conference on Assap’s website said.