Fishermen Seek Opportunity for Collaboration in Biden’s “30×30” Executive Action

President Biden signed an executive order committing to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and oceans by 2030.

Today, President Biden signed an “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad," which focuses on addressing climate change as well as committing to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and oceans by 2030.

Alexandria, VA – January 27, 2021 – Today, President Biden signed an “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” which focuses on addressing climate change as well as committing to the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and oceans by 2030 (known as “30×30”). The nation’s leading recreational fishing and boating trade associations expressed support for the order’s overarching conservation goals, as well as its emphasis on collaborating with the outdoor recreation community in carrying out 30×30.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), representing the nation’s recreational fishing industry, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), representing the nation’s recreational boating industry, look forward to engaging in the order’s implementation to support conserving the highest priority areas and to maintain and enhance public access to these areas.

However, the groups expressed caution over the need to ensure that 30×30 policies do not result in arbitrary restrictions on public access.

“The goal of conserving 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030 provides opportunities to improve the health and abundance of our fisheries, but also significant challenges if it creates a means to unnecessarily restrict fishing access,” said Mike Leonard, ASA’s vice president of Government Affairs. “We are committed to working with the Administration to ensure that recreational fishing, which is enjoyed by more than 50 million Americans annually and contributes $125 billion to the economy, benefits from – and is not harmed by – the implementation of this Executive Order.”

“We appreciate and support the Biden Administration’s goal of addressing the biodiversity and climate crisis, but want to make sure this policy is carried out in a way that fully recognizes and supports the importance of outdoor recreation activities like fishing and boating,” said Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s Senior Vice President, Government and Legal Affairs. “Americans have turned to fishing and boating in record numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring how deeply important these activities are to our well-being, as well as the economy.”

The Executive Order directs the Interior Department to outline steps to conserve at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by the year 2030. Interior is directed to undertake the process with broad engagement, including agricultural and forest landowners, fishermen, sovereign Tribal nations, States, Territories, local officials and others to identify strategies that reflect the priorities of all communities.

According to the Order, the Biden Administration will work to achieve this 30×30 goal by supporting local, state, private and tribally led nature conservation and restoration efforts that are underway across America. Over the coming months, Interior will evaluate how to best measure and assess the country’s progress toward the 30×30 goal, to properly account for the many innovative and effective ways that communities are conserving their lands and waters for current and future  generations. The Order also states that the federal government must “improve access to recreation.”

Last October, ASA and NMMA joined other leading fishing, boating, hunting and habitat conservation organizations in a statement on the 30 by 30 Initiative. Given the historic and ongoing role that anglers and hunters have played in land, water, fish, and wildlife conservation in the United States, the Hunting and Fishing Community Statement expresses support for:

  • Recognizing the positive role that hunting and fishing play in conservation;
  • Protected area definitions that allow for well-managed and sustainable wildlife-dependent activities;
  • Consideration of existing protected areas and other management strategies that achieve biodiversity conservation in measuring progress toward stated goals;
  • Targeted, science-based conservation measures developed through a stakeholder-driven process to address biodiversity threats; and
  • Clearly defined roles and authorities for the entities charged with carrying out the 30 by 30 Initiative proposal.

“Recreational fishing and boating are substantial contributors to conservation,” said Leonard. “Between excise tax revenues, license fees and direct donations, we provide $1.6 billion annually to conservation activities. Our community’s commitment to conservation must be recognized if 30×30 is to be successful.”

“We stand willing to work with the Biden Administration and Congress to ensure that a national 30×30 policy can achieve our shared conservation goals while also safeguarding and enhancing public access,” said Vasilaros. “For this policy to be successful, it is critical that anglers and boaters have a seat at the table.”

22 on “Fishermen Seek Opportunity for Collaboration in Biden’s “30×30” Executive Action

  1. Fire Escape

    While first glance looks like a wonderful goal I have zero faith that this will not result in significant restrictions to our access of fishable water.

    1. Jim O.

      Agree completely…knowing the Federal government’s capacity for making arbitrary decisions based on some Senator looking to bring home pork to trade for votes a year or two from now, it is bound to be a nonsensical mess that hurts us.



  3. Upset

    I agree, at first glance it does sound like a positive direction, but then again, to me, it’s just another step towards Governmental control of everything. When was the last time you saw any Government controlled program work. This is at the State level as well. Look at all the commercial fishing issues we’ve had. Essentially we’re all fished out now. The fish we see now are juveniles barely able to breed!
    Again, it’s to little too late and in the end it will be the sport fisherman and hunter that will suffer. I suppose that if the Biden Administration gets their way, hunting will not be a problem as we won’t have any guns to hunt with! Please note that I am not a politically motivated person, I am simply an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoy every minute of being outdoors and want to keep it that way as long as I can!

  4. george doumani

    The way they word things and the way they actually happen are usually very different. Don’t trust them.

  5. brian

    Clueless Joe is that it again destroy another industry you are voted him in God bless America

  6. John Connelly

    How is going to protect 30% of the oceans? Allow windmills on just 70% of the ocean? I agree we should use windmills to make electricity, but am concerned that in NJ we won’t be able to fish near them. Imagine driving 10 miles more to get to your fishing spot when you have to go around them. And of course fuel prices will rise when we are no longer energy independent. At $4 per gallon and 1 mpg driving 20 more miles per day adds $80 to fuel costs. Take a look at the maps of where they want to place these windmills off NJ

  7. Michael M.

    ” I want to preserve and safeguard our environment and fisheries as long as it doesn’t put any restrictions on me including the actions that got us in this predicament in the first place !”…
    You guys are really sharp !!!!

    1. Jim

      Legislate not dictate! This idiot thinks he is a king. A Biden quote “ I don’t even know what I’m signing”. Comment from the background, “just sign it”. Search online it’s real

    2. Jeff Fishes

      Right?? Is this the psychic hotline?? Some many think they “know” what’s going to happen. Their view of any future is blurred by hate. Get involved if you think it’s not doing what it should.

  8. Bill Tell

    I don’t believe for a second that any action taken by the Obiden administration will benefit the average man, woman, or child. I say “Follow the money”. It will benefit they’re family ties, donor ties, and the Make China Great Again crowd. It will be you and I footing the bill again.


    Really ?
    Sounds like marine sanctuary to me
    Time to take up golf lol


    How will Biden’s ‘Green New Deal’ effect our military’s ability in a future conflict, if we tear down our infrastructure/refineries to produce gas & diesel? Do you think that the DC counter-tribalists would kneecap our national defense? They want our national guard to surround our nation’s capital for the next 2 or 3 months – but they won’t let us defend our southern border from middle east terrorists. People in DC don’t look at national security as protecting the American people – they look at it as protecting the government. Must be easy for Climate Kerry’s family – who owns a private jet – to tell oil and gas workers to just “learn to code” when you’re flying on your private jet and living the life of an elitist …. Say goodbye to those 4-400 hp. outboards mounted to the transom of your 45-foot go-fast center-console Contender,

  11. Strike

    To develop a workable and sustainable conservation program , it will take a nonpartisan approach., that considers input from all of the stakeholders , with the politicians, lessening, not positioning themselves for reelection. The potential failure of a sustainable program will be due to the politicians, not the stakeholders.

  12. Bob Z

    If we can’t manage a single species of fish (Striped Bass) How the hell are they going manage 30% of our lands and oceans.To preserve it for future generations,to do what with it, Put fence around it and say how pretty.Look but don’t touch!! Biden get your head out of your A$$ and contain the Pandemic.

  13. John Karoway

    Hey all you trump voters, tell me about all the good environmental laws he passed. 30% of what’s left is not much compared to all that’s been lost.

  14. Gary

    Give it a chance as we need to do something to improve on the disaster the dope before him made of the environment.

  15. Steve

    30×30, politics is like the tide. When the tide is low the birds and animals feast on the flats. When the tide is high the fish and other aquatic creatures move in to feast. Neither bitches about the other because it is their turn at the feast. The flats has to support them all. Occasionally a shark will take a bird and sometime the shark will stay to long and end up feeding some birds. The cycle persists, the mussels, clams, worms, and such catch hell high or low.
    Which are we?

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