I haven’t posted about this administration’s National Ocean Policy in awhile. But it still poses a threat to the future of recreational fishing.
That’s because those driving its implementation refuse to acknowledge public access to fishing and other outdoor recreation as a priority.
The American Sportfishing Association says this:
“The sportfishing industry supports the improvements in the administration’s final Implementation Plan for its National Ocean Policy but still has concerns that the social, economic, public health and conservation benefits of recreational uses of our nation’s public resources did not receive the priority consideration that it deserves.”
“In the ‘plus’ column, the industry is pleased to see the heightened emphasis on the role of state agencies in any kind of marine planning connected to the National Ocean Policy and the explicit statement that regions choosing to opt out of NOP-directed marine planning can do so,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman.
“ASA is disappointed that the NOP failed to include a broader and more pronounced acknowledgment of the need to designate public access to fishing, boating and other recreational activities as priority uses, consistent with the administration’s ‘America’s Great Outdoors’ initiative.
“Nussman further said, ‘We welcome the plan’s emphasis on better science and data. ASA will continue to press for more pronounced prioritization of fishery data as well as socio-economic data that more clearly reflects who is tapping our ocean resources, their actual impacts on the resources and the economic engines they are fueling.’”