A water crisis is looming, with sport fisheries and anglers as the likely losers, according to Jim Martin, conservation director for the Berkley Conservation Institute.
“It’s a problem that no one wants to talk about,” he said, pointing out that have of the continental U.S. now is under drought conditions.
“We have to start talking about it.”
Martin gave that message at a freshwater summit sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership during the recent Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa, Okla.
The country needs a plan to prioritize the use of water and to manage development, he said. And the sooner the discussion begins, the more influence that outdoor enthusiasts will have.
Once the crisis hits and recreational use of water is competing against agriculture, manufacturing and urban populations, the fishing industry won't have the votes to compete.
"A hundred million sportsmen are going to be lost in the shuffle," he said.
Read more in Tulsa World.