How many times are anglers asked for their opinion on saltwater fishing, enough to count on one hand. Across America for a good reason, the NOAA is asking anglers for their participation, to keep saltwater fishing on the “happy” they need to listen to the saltwater anglers. Satisfaction is the NOAA’s goal.
Are you happy with the knowledge
Participation is lacking, anglers do a lot of talking, writing and complaining but hardly anyone shows up in person at the meetings or to participate in the surveys. Now is the time. All is not lost. Recreational fishing participants need to make some effort and don’t leave it to the other anglers to do it.
Are you happy with the limits and seasons
You are being given the chance to shape the future of fishing in your region. Make the time now to go to the site and take the brief survey and take hold of your choice in the matter. The study will be used as a foundation for any legislation or regulatory action by the federal government.
Saltwater anglers spend $31 billion a year by more than 12 million Americans
More than just a popular pastime. The long term health of fisheries and oceans are depending on recreati0nal anglers to step up to the plate and speak out negatively or positively. It is necessary for anglers to have complete information and to insure appropriate measures are taken. NOAA’s role is to maintain the health of marine fisheries and the local economy under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Specifically NOAA develops and implements regulations, administers grants, analyzes trade and economic conditions that impact associated fishery conditions
Members of the saltwater fishing community are needed to explain and give feedback about the direction of the NOAA programs. Recreational fishing offers residents and visitors an opportunity to experience a complex web of marine life. Your input can provide the type of programs required to maintain fisheries, protect them and support saltwater recreational fishing.
How can you share your opinion
In person: See the complete town hall meeting schedule.
On the phone: Online.
Leading scientist, Dr. Sylvia Earle says the ocean may become a virtual desert by 2050 (see video)
90-percent of the large fish are gone due to overfishing. The fish we love to eat tuna, halibut, swordfish, salmon and Atlantic cod need time for proper recovery, or risk extinction. The ocean wildlife must be given time to regenerate and aquaculture (fish farming) must be 35-percent higher than the current levels.
Anglers have a vested interest in managing what is America’s fish stock
According to the U. N. Food and Agriculture Organization the use of aquaculture has tripled in recent years 63.3 tons compared to the 67.2 tons of wild catch. In 2015 fish farming is expected to pass wild catch as the main source of fish provided for eating. The race to commercially catch the most fish is spiraling downward. Your opinion is vitally needed before the last fish is caught.
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