New U.S. Oceans Policy Reflects Push-Back on Fishing

July 19, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

With today’s announcement, the White House hopes to accomplish what none have managed to do before: create a national “stewardship” policy for America’s oceans and Great Lakes, “including a type of zoning that could dramatically rebalance the way government regulates offshore drilling, fishing and other marine activities.”
Last fall the draft policy met with criticism from anglers and the fishing industry, who felt it might bring recreational fishing restrictions. New language emphasizes “the importance of fishing and ocean recreation, calling them ‘critical to the economic, social and cultural fabric of our country.'” Jim Tankersley in the LA Times.