Fishing is critical to the recreational boating industry – more than 70 percent of all boat outings involve fishing
economic impact attributed to recreational anglers
U.S. jobs supported by recreational fishing
Conservation contributions, by anglers, since 1951
Recreational Boating Industry’s Top Policy Priorities
- Modernize and reauthorize the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
- Implement 30x30 protections that maintain reasonable and responsible access to recreation
- Pass the Forage Fish Conservation Act to require federal marine fisheries managers to better account for the role of forage fish in the ecosystem
- Establish a recreation advisory committee that advises the U.S. Department of Commerce on restoring marine ecosystems and improving access to national marine fisheries and sanctuaries
- Enact the Drift Gillnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act to phase in a ban on large mesh drift gillnets, which currently only operate off California
Recreational Fishing Relies on Abundant Access and Healthy Ecosystems
[179.89 Kb] A one-pager outlining the industry’s top policy priorities to ensure abundant access and healthy ecosystems for recreational anglers.
Comments: Recreational Boating and Fishing Community Outline Vision for 30x30 Initiative
[728.89 Kb] Industry stakeholders’ letter to NOAA Acting Administrator Benjamin Freidman, outlining vision for the 30x30 initiative.