The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced plans to develop a national recreational fishing policy to broadly guide future actions and better integrate recreational fishing with NOAA Fisheries’ mission.
The announcement capped off the national 2014 Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit held April 1-2, in Alexandria, Virginia. Leaders from the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community met with NOAA Fisheries’ leadership to assess recent progress, identify goals and strengthen ties between NOAA and stakeholder groups.
A press release issued April 2, 2014, by NOAA read: “With nearly 11 million saltwater anglers in the United States, recreational and non-commercial fishermen represent one of NOAA’s largest organized constituencies.”
“Resolving issues facing our fisheries today requires partnerships between managers, scientists and people who enjoy the resource,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “I commit that NOAA Fisheries will actively engage the recreational fishing community, and we will do our part to find cooperative solutions.”
“With the ‘Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries’ (PDF) report as our guiding document, we came to the NOAA Summit with a clear vision for where saltwater recreational fisheries management must go,” said American Sportfishing Association (ASA) President and CEO Mike Nussman. “NOAA is clearly listening, as evidenced by their immediate commitment to accomplish the first goal of the report: to establish a national policy for saltwater recreational fisheries management. We’re looking forward to working with NOAA to accomplish this goal, as well as the other key recommendations presented in the report.”