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Rise to the Future, National Fish and Aquatic Strategy

During the 2017 Sportfishing Summit, Rob Harper, USFS National Director for Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, Rare Plants, and Subsistence in Alaska, Harper outlined some of the aspects of the USFS’s new strategic plan, Rise to the Future: National Fish and Aquatic Strategy, which was officially released November 15, 2017.

This new strategy incorporates important ideas and involvement from ASA and other recreational fishing community partners.

The updated strategy underscores and recommits the agency to promoting recreational fishing and better addresses the economic value and benefits of fish and aquatic resources to the public.

This strategy contains six goals:

  • Conserve fish and aquatic resources.
  • Connect people to the outdoors through fishing, boating, and other aquatic activities.
  • Strengthen partnerships and work across boundaries.
  • Deliver and apply scientific research.
  • Build capacity through mentoring and training.
  • Communicate the value and benefits of fish and aquatic resources.

The agency’s prioritization is conserving fish and aquatic resources, and increasing recreational fishing and other aquatic activities by 50 percent by 2023.