Promoting sound use and conservation of ocean resources through political action.
The Center for Coastal Conservation is a coalition of the leading advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating. It is dedicated to promoting sound conservation and use of ocean resources by supporting federal legislators who support its goals.
The health of America’s marine resources is under constant assault by numerous often-competing interests, such as commercial overharvest of certain species of fish. All of the nation’s coasts have been impacted — none have been spared.
While some groups propose draconian “solutions,” such as closing off public areas to all or most human activities, the Center was created to advance a balanced approach to conservation. The Center believes laws and regulations that provide for conservation of our marine resources can be – and must be – made compatible with responsible access to those resources.
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Latest Press Release Posting
Dear Director Goldfuss, Director Ashe, and Under Secretary Sullivan: Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on possible permanent protections for deep-sea canyons and seamounts off of New England's coast. As deliberations about the scope of this proposal continue, the undersigned organizations wish to reiterate their support for the positive action taken by President Obama last year when expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and allowing for recreational fishing. Acknowledging that recreational fishing is a sustainable use of a public resource, especially in one as pristine and special as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, is a distinction for which the recreational fishing community has been advocating for many years. We again thank the Administration for making the distinction between a recreational activity pursued by the American public and commercial activities that extract resources for profit. View PDF
Who We Are?
What We Do?
The Center for Coastal Conservation's role is to affect public policy related to the conservation of marine resources with broad abilities to pursue political solutions. The organization is non-partisan and focuses on having an impact in the national political arena, principally Congress and federal regulatory agencies.
The Center is a membership organization overseen by a Board of Directors. Committees facilitate its mission and report to the Board of Directors.
Our mission is to promote good stewardship of America's marine resources.
The Center's objectives are to: 1. Inform and educate decision makers, marine conservation organizations, corporations and the general public, 2. persuade decision makers with regard to marine-resource policy initiatives, and 3. affect the political process.