NOAA Fisheries is sharpening our focus on engaging recreational fishermen where they live and fish.
NOAA Fisheries is sharpening our focus on engaging recreational fishermen where they live and fish. Engaging the marine recreational fishing community is fundamental to successful fisheries management, yet is highly challenging with nearly 10 million saltwater fishermen out on the water. To be effective in our engagement efforts, we have produced a set of six recreational engagement plans highlighting actions that NOAA Fisheries will take to work with and connect to the recreational fishing communities we serve.
In 2017, NOAA Fisheries held nine public roundtable meetings with recreational fishermen across the country as part of an ongoing dialogue. The findings from these conversations provided the basis for discussions with fishermen at the 2018 National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit. Major topics—from alternative management to conservation—were covered at the Summit, and participants made it clear that anglers want more engagement and two-way dialogue with NOAA Fisheries.
In order to reflect the breadth and diversity of American recreational fisheries, these engagement plans were developed by our regional offices and employ a variety of methods for connecting with the fishing public. There are broad-scale activities, such as improvements to online resources that can reach thousands of anglers at a time, as well as smaller-scale activities like best practices workshops and youth outreach events where anglers and NOAA personnel will be able to meet face to face.
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