Sportfishing and Boating Community Comments on the Draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan

Posted on February 27, 2012

It is unfortunate that many of the questions and concerns we have raised since the initial release of the work of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, and which we have reiterated in subsequent communications regarding the development of the National Ocean Policy (NOP), still remain unanswered. An overarching concern of our community with the NOP, particularly as it pertains to Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP), is the treatment of recreational uses as one of numerous ocean “sectors” for which planning activities will occur, along with oil, gas, mining, commercial fishing, transportation and defense. We firmly believe that there is a distinct and inherent difference between recreational and industrial ocean uses, and their respective impact on the ocean environment.

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