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Coordinate with State and Federal Management Entities

The complexity of natural resource stewardship requires effective coordination, both with the public and also between involved management entities. Strengthening partnerships with federal and state natural resource entities can provide insight and opportunities for effective and alternative approaches to many issues. Sharing scientific, communications, management, and enforcement expertise along with aligning management priorities and goals can better leverage resources, eliminate waste, and improve recreational fishing overall. Actions supporting this guiding principle include:

Improve delivery of services to fishermen through strengthened state – federal collaboration.

  • Evaluate annually Regional Fishery Management Council balance and communicate findings to state governors to advance equitable stakeholder representation.
  • Conduct annual discussions with states to identify shared goals and collaborative opportunities benefiting recreational fisheries.
  • Undertake joint state-federal recreational angler education projects to improve understanding of fishery regulations and the importance of compliance.
  • Incorporate recreational fisheries issues as a priority in state-federal Joint Enforcement Agreements.
  • Engage state and federal agencies through Habitat Focus Areas, Fish Habitat Partnerships, and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to identify shared habitat objectives and execution strategies (e.g., ESA section 6 agreements) benefiting recreationally important species.

Bolster connections and collaboration with federal partners.

  • Establish regular high-level and staff-level dialogue between NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to strengthen working relationships, explore partnership opportunities, and identify mutual priorities.
  • Develop a strategy to expand collaboration between NOAA Fisheries and Sea Grant.
  • Work with National Sea Grant Office to incorporate a recreational fisheries focus area into the National Sea Grant Strategic Plans.
  • Enhance coordination with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, including in identification of potential Sanctuary Advisory Council nominees and focused outreach to recreational fishing interests, to increase angler participation in the Sanctuary management process.
  • Develop materials addressing important fisheries science and management issues for recreational fisheries to support improved understanding by Regional Fishery Management Council members.

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