Latest recreational fishing plan to continue engaging West Coast anglers

June 2019

West Coast recreational anglers and NOAA Fisheries will continue engaging on matters important to the recreational community through meetings, online, and on the water, under the newest plan designed to support recreational fishing opportunities on the West Coast.

NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and Northwest Fisheries Science Center will kick off the latest plan with public roundtable sessions in San Diego on June 18 and Seattle on July 1. The meetings are open to the public, however, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis given the size of the meeting rooms.

The West Coast Region events follow nine roundtable discussions NOAA Fisheries hosted across the country in 2017 to further improve dialogue with the nation’s roughly 10 million saltwater fishermen, following on recent years of successful engagement through NOAA Fisheries National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Initiative and corresponding action plans.

two men on a rec fishing boat

A boat trip organized by Fish for Life introduces new anglers to the fun of recreational fishing off Dana Point, California. Photo: Frank Armstrong

"We want to continue hearing from recreational anglers about their thoughts, concerns, and ideas to promote recreational fishing on the West Coast,” said Daniel Studt, Recreational Fisheries Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region. “We’re fortunate to have great recreational fishing opportunities, and we want to work with the fishing community to make the most of them.”

The West Coast Engagement Plan guides NOAA Fisheries’ engagement with the recreational fishing community to:

In recent years, the West Coast Region has been working with fishing organizations to provide saltwater fishing opportunities for underserved communities, including veterans, and will continue building on that effort. Other actions outlined in the plan include developing and distributing educational materials, expanding partnerships with fishing groups and other agencies, and continuing cooperative research efforts with recreational fishermen.

man and child look at materials on a NOAA table at NOAA day

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Recreational Fishing Coordinator Daniel Studt shares information at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo: Jim Milbury, NOAA Fisheries

For instance, the West Coast Region and science centers pioneered collaborative fisheries surveys where recreational anglers help collect data on the abundance and biology of West Coast rockfish. The plan calls for anglers’ further engagement in gathering information on highly migratory species, such as billfish, Pacific bluefin tuna, and basking sharks to better understand their abundance and biology.

“Recreational anglers provide eyes and ears on the water,” Studt said. “What they’re seeing and what they’re catching can help us all better understand the marine food web and ecosystem and consider that information in developing responsive management approaches.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Plans for Engaging with Recreational Fishermen

NOAA West Coast Region recreational fisheries

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