NOAA has set up a series of Town Hall meetings to collaborate with anglers in developing the future direction of Recreation Fisheries management. Here is an except of the letter I received from them:
I’m writing to let you know about an opportunity to help shape the long-term direction for our Nation’s saltwater recreational fisheries. As someone with a passion for recreational fishing, we’d like to hear your thoughts as we develop a new National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.
We agree with the roughly 11 million Americans who think wetting a line is a great way to spend time. That’s why we launched an initiative to improve our science and stewardship for saltwater fishermen everywhere. We think a national policy on saltwater recreational fisheries, one that will help guide NOAA’s long-term planning, is another positive step forward.
We also know anglers have a lot of great ideas to contribute. We’ve begun a series of face-to-face town hall discussions and online webinars to gather those ideas. You can find meeting summaries and the full-schedule on our website. You will also find helpful materials that explain more about developing the policy and NOAA’s role in recreational fishing. We’ll be accepting comments on our website through September 12, 2014. We would love to hear your thoughts.
While the South and Mid Atlantic regional meetings have already occurred, they are holding a National meeting in Silver Spring, MD (DC Suburbs) on July 24.
National Town Hall
NOAA Science Center
1301 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD
July 24 @ 2:00pm
RSVP to [email protected]
This is an opportunity to have your voice heard. Silver Spring is about a 4 hour drive from Raleigh, so this meeting should be pretty accessible to our club members.
The meeting for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Atlantic HMS Advisory Council are to be held in August and September respectively, but the specific dates and locations have yet to be announced.
You can keep up with these meetings on the NOAA Fisheries Website at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/recreational/policy/town_halls.html.