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.
Latest Press Release Posting
Gulf States Unveil Solution to Red Snapper Management -- In a move long-awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, the directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced increasing privatization of this public resource and decreasing recreational fishing opportunities. The announcement was greeted with strong enthusiasm from the recreational fishing and boating community, which has supported greater state control of Gulf red snapper. "Throughout the country, states have proven to be highly successful at fish and wildlife management in a way that conserves natural resources while allowing for reasonable public access," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. "The Gulf states are among the nation's leaders in marine fisheries management, which is why we have continued to look to them as the vehicle for managing Gulf red snapper going forward to get us out of the current mess created by federal mismanagement." 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.