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NOAA Fisheries and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest are working together to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of NOAA's science and management programs to recreational fisheries.

Consistent with the National Action Agenda, NOAA developed a Northwest Region Saltwater Recreational Fishing Action Agenda based on the following five goals:

Improved recreational fishing opportunities

Improved recreational catch, effort, and stock status data

Improved recreational social and economic data

Improved communications

Improved institutional orientation

The Northwest Action Agenda was released in November 2011 to serve as a publicly available road map detailing regional priorities and objectives. An updated plan is being developed through a collaborative effort between NOAA and representatives from the recreational fishing community.

In June 2013,  a draft of the updated Action Agenda was released for public comment. Public comments are accepted through July 22, 2013. Email comments to [email protected]

Background: Through collaboration, NOAA hopes to empower recreational fishermen to play a meaningful role in determining how the Northwest Regional Office and Northwest Fisheries Science Center will revise the 2011 Northwest Region Saltwater Recreational Fishing Action Agenda.

The April 2010 Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit marked the renewal of a conversation with the recreational fishing community to help forge a stronger partnership through dialogue and follow-up action.

Summit participants highlighted a range of issues, including better catch, effort, and economic data; improved and more regular communication regionally and nationally; and more consistent inclusion of recreational interests in management processes.

The October 2010 Recreational Saltwater Fisheries Action Agenda (National Action Agenda) was the outcome of this exchange.

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