Reflects interests of angler’s voices on numerous issues
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a new national policy Feb. 12 intended to better serve recreational saltwater anglers and the communities that rely on them.
With input from the recreational fishing and boating communities, the policy reflects their concerns for public access, resource stewardship, regulatory education, science innovation and better communication between state and federal rulemakers.
The goals for the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy include:
1. Supporting and maintaining sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources, including marine and estuarine habitats.
2. Promoting saltwater recreational fishing for the social, cultural and economic benefit of the nation.
3. Enabling enduring participation in, and enjoyment of, saltwater recreational fisheries through science-based conservation and management.
NOAA fisheries administrator, Eileen Sobeck, announced the new policy at the annual Miami Boat Show.
“With this policy in place,” Sobeck said, “the stage is set for NOAA and the recreational fishing community to work more closely… to address the priorities of anglers while working to ensure these resources are sustainable for the enjoyment of future generations.”