The Chesapeake Bay is important to countless species of fish and wildlife, including Atlantic striped bass and wintering waterfowl. The region is rich in opportunities for sportsmen, which is why more than 4.5 million hunters and anglers make it their home. Development, habitat loss, invasive species, water pollution and countless other factors have led to reductions in fish and wildlife numbers in the region and could cause further declines in the future.
In order to sustain and conserve the fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay, federal action that reduces pollution, combats invasive species and invests in restoring habitat is necessary. The TRCP is working with partner groups, members of Congress and hunters and anglers on the ground to advocate for such legislation.
The TRCP and partners worked with members of Congress on initiatives to reduce pollution, restore riparian areas and forests and improve management of water resources in the Chesapeake Bay. The TRCP seeks to improve access for hunters and anglers, focus restoration efforts on fish and wildlife habitat and provide grant funding for habitat restoration projects.
Sen. Kay Hagan introduced a bill that could expand access to federal public lands and increase federal funding support for wildlife habitat protection. TRCP's Steve Kline, Director of Government Relations, weighs in on the legislation. Read Full Story on the News & Observer Website
The federal government is taking steps now that will decide which bodies of water will be protected by standards set by the Clean Water Act. Sportsmen must speak up today. Read Full Story on the TRCP Website
TRCP commends Jewell’s focus on fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protecting special places and upholding the nation’s outdoors-reliant economy. Read More
Recreational anglers’ priorities center around fisheries rehabilitation, management and economic recovery as region continues to address consequences of 2010 oil spill. Read More
The TRCP's extensive report detailing projects and initiatives recommended by the recreational fishing community to help sportfishing recover from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and improve and sustain recreational angling well into the future. Download the Report
How the government shutdown impacts hunters and anglers. Download the Report
Once a sporting paradise, the Chesapeake Bay has been degraded by agricultural and urban growth. We must restore its water and habitat quality while improving access for hunters and anglers to enjoy the resource.
Senior Director of Science and Policy