CCA Testimony Before the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force
Unfortunately, the experience all too often for the recreational community is to be managed or considered after the fact. Federal ocean and fishery management policy has historically focused solely on commercial enterprises, be it energy, shipping or fishing. And recreational interests are simply regulated or managed in a manner to do the least harm. This was the mind-set for years in terrestrial management until bold thinkers like Theodore Roosevelt and others championed the outdoorsman conservation ethic and managed fish and wildlife resources for the sustained enjoyment of the public.