April 27, 2016


News for Immediate Release

Apr. 27, 2016

Contact: Kristyn Brady, 617-501-6352, kbrady@trcp.org

Jewell discussed the power of hunter and angler voices in Washington and her dedication to public lands access and sage-grouse restoration at annual barbecue on the Potomac

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Last night, at a celebration of her final year in office, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell thanked American sportsmen and women who speak up for conservation funding, habitat management, and the protection of public lands access. The event was hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership at the Potomac Boat Club.

After chatting over barbecue and beer with conservation community leaders from across the country, Jewell addressed the crowd and was candid about her remaining goals related to conservation, hunting, fishing, habitat restoration, public lands, and youth and minority engagement.

“We’re going to keep our good momentum going,” said Jewell, who highlighted the landscape-scale conservation effort on behalf of sage grouse and the need to look to the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. “Every day is a tricky balance between the here and now—non-renewable resources, fish and wildlife habitat, the livelihoods and heritage of the tribes and ranchers—and what we leave to future generations. People expect us to be in the forever business.”

Jewell also had advice for conservation advocates: “Never stop talking about how much sportsmen and women contribute to the economy. You represent a constituency that is Republican, Democrat, Independent, hunting, fishing, Latino, Caucasian, new generations waiting to get outside, and people like me, who grew up in the outdoors. All these people can help to make progress on the things we care about,” she said.

“We have a great conservation ally in Secretary Jewell, who understands the clout of the outdoor recreation industry and the restorative power of spending time on our nation’s public lands—in solitude or with family and friends,” says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the TRCP. “Throughout her term, she has been a champion for many of the things sportsmen stand for, including better investments in conservation, improving fish and wildlife habitat, balancing multiple uses of America’s public lands, and access for all. We’re anxious to work with her this year and see these priorities through.”

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.

April 26, 2016


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Apr. 26, 2016

Contact: Kristyn Brady, 617-501-6352, kbrady@trcp.org

Annual report highlights 2015 growth and success in service of guaranteeing all Americans quality places to hunt and fish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has released its 2015 Annual Report detailing the group’s diverse array of accomplishments benefiting habitat and sportsmen’s access in the last calendar year. Thanks to its growing coalition of 46 formal partners, 23 corporate affiliates, and thousands of supporters across the U.S., the TRCP has affected positive policy changes and conservation investments in service of Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy and the group’s mission to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish.

“Too often, people mistake action for accomplishment. Nowhere is this more true than in Washington, where how many meetings you attend is often mistaken for actual success,” writes TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh and Board Chairman Weldon Baird in the opening pages of the report. “For the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, 2015 was about accomplishment— achieving real results that will directly benefit fish and wildlife habitat and Americans’ access to those lands and waters.”

Despite ongoing threats from well-funded anti-conservation interests, the benefits of last year’s work will extend to marine fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, greater sage grouse and other sagebrush species of the West, headwater streams and wetlands across the country, and all Americans who rely on public lands for their hunting and fishing access. The 501(c)(3) organization also confirms its accountability to donors by sharing 2015 financials and accolades from charity-watch organizations, including a third four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Read the 2015 Annual Report here, and see what TRCP is up to right now by visiting our blog.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.

April 20, 2016


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Apr. 20, 2016

Contact: Kristyn Brady, 617-501-6352, kbrady@trcp.org

Magnuson-Stevens Act was the first legislation of its kind to manage domestic saltwater fisheries

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, recreational and commercial fishing representatives, members of Congress, and key policy architects gathered on Capitol Hill to recognize the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), a piece of legislation that was first of its kind in establishing a framework for the management of our saltwater fisheries.

“We take many things for granted now that were not the case 40 years ago, when foreign fishing fleets depleted fish stocks just off our coasts,” said Scott Gudes, vice president of government affairs at the American Sportfishing Association. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Sens. Warren Magnuson and Ted Stevens, along with Reps. Gerry Studds and Don Young and their House and Senate colleagues, for their extraordinary leadership in creating this innovative system for managing our marine fisheries for the public good.”

On April 13, 1976, not long after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was created, President Gerald Ford signed the “Fishery Conservation and Management Act,” which set into motion internationally recognized territorial boundaries that are now known as the “exclusive economic zone” between 12 and 200 miles off the coast. Touted as one of the Act’s most significant successes, the “200-mile limit” eliminated foreign fleets from fishing near shore, ensuring that United States resources benefited its citizens and industries. It also established eight regional fisheries management councils still in place today. Since that time, the Act has undergone six amendments, primarily to address sustainable catch limits and rebuild timelines for fish stocks.

“Sen. Magnuson was dedicated to addressing the situation and championed the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, which will always be linked to him. He was proud of this legislation and said it was one of the most important pieces of legislation passed by Congress,” said former Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), who served as Sen. Magnuson’s Chief of Staff. “Being from Washington state, with our substantial fisheries, we were on the front lines seeing foreign fleets deplete our fishery resources.”

In December 1980, Stevens authored the amendment to rename the Act after Warren Magnuson. The name “Stevens” was added to the title through the 1997 Commerce Appropriations Act.

Tonight’s anniversary event was attended by several hundred guests from Congressional offices, representing coastal and non-coastal states, and a myriad of other organizations, pointing to the significance of well-managed ocean fisheries and the legislative groundwork laid by the United States at a time when stewardship of fisheries resources was a new frontier for nations the world over.

“It is an honor to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson Stevens Act. Alaska’s people, economy, and culture have a unique and strong tie to fisheries,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who addressed the D.C. crowd. “The framework put into place by Senator Magnuson and my dear friend, mentor, and fellow Alaskan, Sen. Ted Stevens, has allowed for sustainable management and meaningful stakeholder input. I am proud to continue to uphold the values put into place by Sen. Magnuson and Sen. Stevens.”

“The United States is, and has been, a global leader in responsibly and sustainably managing our nation’s fisheries. Overfishing is at an all-time low, while commercial and recreational fishing contribute billions to the U.S. economy and support millions of jobs,” said Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. “This work hasn’t been done alone. For decades, NOAA has worked hand-in-hand with Regional Fishery Management Councils, the industry and other stakeholders to invest in science-based management and sustainable fishing practices that benefit businesses and communities. We’ve had tremendous successes over the past 40 years since the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act was signed into law, but we know there’s still work to be done. We have a lot to celebrate and, working together, can continue to build off our successes.”

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Ed Merlis, a former staff director of the Senate Commerce committee who served under Magnuson on the Appropriations Committee, also spoke at the event co-hosted by Murkowski, Young, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)

“Tonight, we celebrate the foresight of Sens. Magnuson and Stevens,” says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, one of the 14 groups sponsoring the event. “Thanks to their leadership and commitment to conservation, America has the best-managed fisheries in the world, thousands of jobs in the recreational and commercial fishing industries, affordable seafood for consumers, and the opportunity for our kids and grandkids to experience the joy of landing a salmon or a grouper. And while the law could benefit from important updates to recognize the growth in recreational angling in the last 40 years, it’s important to celebrate how far we’ve come.”

Here’s what other event sponsors had to say:

“Without the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, fisheries in Alaska might still be subject to rampant over-exploitation at the hands of foreign fleets. The extension of U.S. jurisdiction out to 200 miles paved the way for the successful development of the domestic fleet and today supports a multi-billion dollar industry.”
– Mark Gleason, Executive Director, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

“Marine fisheries management was forever changed by the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA). With the MSA reauthorization now upon us, Congress must better recognize the economic, social and conservation impacts of marine recreational fishing. America’s 11 million saltwater anglers sustain a $70 billion-a-year business that supports 455,000 American jobs.”
– Jeff Angers, President, Center for Coastal Conservation

“The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act has played a critical role in supporting Sen. Stevens’ vision of promoting local economies throughout Western Alaska. This important law benefits every one of the nearly ten thousand Alaskans we serve across our twenty coastal communities. Coastal Villages thanks our leaders in Congress who continue Sen. Stevens’ work promoting the benefits of sustainable fisheries. We are honored to recognize the legacy of “Uncle Ted” and the law that bears his name.”
– Morgen Crow, Executive Director, Coastal Villages Region Fund

“The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA) is recognized globally as the gold standard in sustainable fisheries management. It addresses not simply the status of the stocks but the impact of their health has on communities and the economy. In addition to science-based success, MSA stands as clear evidence that a holistic approach is the soundest way to manage fisheries.”
– John Connelly, President, National Fisheries Institute

“The National Marine Manufacturers Association is pleased to recognize the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This legislation continues to play an important role in helping to ensure that anglers and boaters across the country can enjoy time on some of our country’s most valuable natural resources, its waterways. We support our friends in the recreational fishing community as they work to see this legislation continue to evolve to meet the needs of society and fisheries. Reasonable conservation and management practices are what continue to keep the sportfishing and boating industries viable for generations to come. With this anniversary, we recognize a history of success and look forward to decades of fruitful fishing and boating seasons led by the sound practices this law initiated.”
– Thom Dammrich, President, National Marine Manufacturers Association

“For participants in the commercial fisheries of the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act was a total game-changer. It allowed American harvesters and processors to develop fisheries that provide jobs for tens of thousands of people and which feed millions more. We will forever be indebted to Sens. Magnuson, Stevens and Representative Young. We also want to thank the current political leaders who have continued the work that was begun forty years ago.”
– Glenn E. Reed, President, Pacific Seafood Processors Association

“The Recreational Fishing Association is very proud to be part of this historic recognition of the “200 Mile Limit.” The Magnuson-Steven Fisheries Conservation and Management Act was enormous for those of us who fished professionally at the time and without it, most of our fisheries would have be depleted in a short time by other nations who were fishing in sight of our shoreline.”
– Jim, Donofrio, Executive Director, Recreational Fishing Association

“The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act has been the driving force in the development of our domestic federal fisheries. Four decades ago, we watched as Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish and other nations’ fishing and processing vessels were harvesting more than a billion pounds of fish annually, within miles of our shores, without regard to the health of the resource. Within 15 years the same resource was being harvested exclusively by U.S. fishing vessels and supported by a robust onshore processing industry. Our industry is both strong and sustainable because of the decision in 1976 by the Congress to unilaterally assert sovereign jurisdiction out to 200 miles.”
– Joe Plesha, Vice  President, Trident Seafoods

“The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act’s (MSA) success and world renowned fisheries management in the United States is based on its regional and bottom-up approach, which ensures that the knowledge and concerns of the users and other stakeholders are incorporated into conservation and management measures. This not only facilitates enforcement and reporting of catches, but it is the core to American democracy, ensuring that its citizens are not overburdened with unnecessary regulations and that the government is of, by and for the people. In the reauthorizations of the MSA, the Western Pacific Region was fortunate to have Sens. Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye in office to champion the inclusion of tuna, the recognition of indigenous U.S. Pacific Island fishing communities and the participation of the Pacific and Western Pacific Fishery Management Councils in international fishery management commissions. Tuna accounts for about 90 percent of the value of fish landed in the U.S. Pacific Islands. From its start, 40 years ago, I loved the MSA. As I look back, I see our actions in the Western Pacific Region have been so conservative. This reflects the traditional values of the indigenous U.S. Pacific Islanders to consider future generations and to respect nature and our place in it.”
– Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

“The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act has helped to protect our valuable public resources for the past 40 years. Yamaha is proud to be a part of celebrating the forward thinking legislation and those who fought for its passage. We are equally proud to be a part of refining the law as Congress considers its reauthorization. We hope to work with all the stakeholders of the public resource in the process.”
– Martin Peters, Manager, Government Relations, Yamaha Motor Corporation

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.


News for Immediate Release

Apr. 20, 2016

Contact: Kristyn Brady, 617-501-6352, kbrady@trcp.org

Sportsmen have been fighting for years to move these conservation priorities across the finish line

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate has just passed a comprehensive energy reform bill that includes key conservation provisions to benefit fish, wildlife, and sportsmen’s access. This is a true bipartisan achievement that highlights our uniquely American conservation values.

“Sportsmen’s groups, including the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and virtually all of our partners, have been working for years to pass comprehensive legislation that enhances access and conserves vital habitat,” says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the TRCP. “This bill succeeds on both measures, and hunters and anglers should applaud its passage as an indication that enthusiasm for conservation is very much alive in Washington.”

“The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015” would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a critical program for enhancing public access to the outdoors. It also includes a provision known as “Making Public Lands Public,” which specifies that 1.5 percent of LWCF dollars are to be used to establish and expand recreational access to national public lands, in particular.

“Permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund means we never again have to experience uncertainty for the program,” says Bethany Erb, a Mule Deer Foundation board member. “Over the past 50 years, the LWCF has enhanced public access for hunters and urban families alike, and the ‘Making Public Lands Public’ provision would ensure that improvements for outdoor recreation—a robust driver of spending—are adequately funded.”

This is the first energy reform legislation passed in the upper chamber in nine years—a feat in itself—but hunters and anglers are especially pleased to see that many elements of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 (S.405) have finally found a way forward through an amendment offered by Senators Lisa Murkowksi (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) It passed 97-0 yesterday.

The amendment permanently reauthorizes the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, “a critical conservation tool for Western lands,” says Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. “We applaud this bipartisan action to advance the permanent authorization of FLTFA, which uses proceeds from strategic federal land sales to protect high priority federal conservation areas that preserve important fish and wildlife habitat, increase recreational opportunities, and protect our nation’s special places.” Prior to its expiration in 2011, FLTFA leveraged strategic federal land sales to fund 39 priority conservation projects, including many that expanded sportsmen’s access to world-class hunting and fishing opportunities.

The amendment also reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), a grant program through which each federal dollar invested is matched an average of three times over by non-federal dollars. “These investments have major on-the-ground impacts for the management and conservation of wetlands for waterfowl and other wildlife,” says John Devney, vice president of U.S. policy for Delta Waterfowl. “In the prairie potholes region, for example, NAWCA dollars could mean the difference between the protection of grasslands and wetlands and the disappearance of key breeding habitats in the Duck Factory.”

Recreational anglers would also get a boost from the amendment, which authorizes the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act. The program was created to foster partnerships that improve conditions for fish species and enhance recreational fishing opportunities. “The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act brings together state and federal agencies as well as conservation organizations to better coordinate watershed restoration activities,” says Steve Moyer, vice president for government affairs at Trout Unlimited. “It’s really just a commonsense approach to restore and protect fish habitat, that also creates great opportunities for the angling community. We’re thrilled to see it be approved by the Senate.”

The energy reform package must now be reconciled with the House bill (H.R. 8), which was passed in December 2015, and sent to the president’s desk before the end of this Congress.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.

March 22, 2016


News for Immediate Release

Mar. 22, 2016

Contact: Kristyn Brady, 617-501-6352, kbrady@trcp.org

Groups call for federal action supporting healthy fish and wildlife habitat on World Water Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark today’s international observance of World Water Day, hunting and fishing organizations will participate in the White House Water Summit, where 150 diverse stakeholders will highlight a shared commitment to building a sustainable water future.

“We’re pleased that the administration is focusing its attention on how we use and conserve water,” says Scott Gudes, vice president of government affairs at the American Sportfishing Association. “We need to find ways to work together and find innovative solutions to the water issues that impact not just humans, but our fish and wildlife, as well.”

Gudes points to Chinook salmon in California as one example of an iconic fish species for recreational and commercial anglers that is being stressed by persistent drought conditions. But strong dialogue between federal agencies and stakeholders could help plan for future water crises.

The White House Water Summit is being webcast live here.

As participants in the summit, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership will announce that its petition recognizing serious risks to the country’s water supply—including rising temperatures, falling water levels, and more demand than ever before—has been signed by more than 1,000 sportsmen. And these Americans are calling for action from federal officials.

“The message from hunters and anglers across the country is that we need to create flexible water systems that can better weather the next drought or flood,” says Jimmy Hague, director of the Center for Water Resources with the TRCP. “We also need to promote healthy fish and wildlife habitat while providing water to cities and farms.”

Today Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum and supporting Action Plan on building national capabilities for long-term drought resilience. “This move to increase coordination of federal resources will better protect vital water supplies, especially in places like the drought-stricken Colorado River,” adds Hague.

Read the full report of commitments made in honor of the summit here.

Sportsmen have been setting the agenda on drought since last summer, when ASA and the TRCP joined B.A.S.S., Berkley Conservation Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Trout Unlimited in delivering recommendations for federal actions to make our country’s waterways more drought resilient. These recommendations include a call for greater coordination between federal agencies and more investment in water conservation projects and voluntary water-sharing agreements—both of which the administration has made moves to address.

“Every antiquated water infrastructure problem is an opportunity to create new benefits for river health and drought resiliency,” says Laura Ziemer, senior counsel and water policy advisor for Trout Unlimited. “This is why we are calling for federal grant criteria to require that water infrastructure or supply projects selected for federal funding also create benefits for fish, wildlife, and recreation through improved instream flows, while improving water supplies for agriculture and cities.”

To learn about one such grant program through the Bureau of Reclamation, watch our video.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.



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