An announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that NOAA Fisheries will develop a national recreational fishing policy was greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating leaders who have urged the agency to adopt exactly this approach.
NOAA Fisheries’ announcement capped off its national 2014 Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit held April 1-2 in Alexandria, Va.
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.
“With the ‘Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries’ 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 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."