Recreational Fishing

A critical economic driver to local communities, recreational fishermen take over 70 million trips per year, adding $29 billion and over 350,000 jobs to the U.S. economy annually.


Tom Raftican

President, The Sportfishing Conservancy

New York

Capt. John McMurray

Owner, One More Cast Charters, Inc.


Charles Witek


Jeff Deem

Recreational Fishing Representative

"A voice for recreational fishermen"

David Sikorski

Conservationist and Recreational Fisheries Advocate

"Fishing with an eye toward the future"

Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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