Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council

Accomplishments

 

The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council is a federally chartered advisory committee established in 1993. The Council advises the Interior Department Secretary, through the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on recreational fishing and boating issues. Its 18 members, who serve 2-year terms, include state resource agency directors, representatives of fishing and boating industries and associations, and experts in public outreach, resource conservation, and recreation (with the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies serving as ex officio members).

  • February 2015 – Programmatic Assessment: Report of the 2013 Ad Hoc Assessment Team. In December 2013, SFBPC empanelled a ten-person Assessment Team to undertake an independent, impartial and constructive programmatic assessment of RBFF for the period 2010–2012. Collectively, the team comprises experience and expertise in recreational boating, fishing, marketing, program analysis, economic development and familiarity with the conduct and impact of RBFF’s programs.

  • June 2010 – Programmatic Assessment: Report of the 2009 Ad Hoc Evaluation Team. The 2009 Evaluation examined the Fisheries Program’s performance for the period October 1, 2004, through September 30, 2009. The Team organized its examination according to eight areas of strategic emphasis common to both the FWS FY 2004 – 2008 Strategic Plan and the SFBPC Partnership Agenda report.

  • May 2010 – Program Assessment of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation: The 2009 Assessment utilizes the evaluation framework developed for the 2006 Programmatic Assessment of RBFF, FY 2003 – 2006, conducted by the SFBPC. The assessment evaluates the efforts of RBFF relative to five questions directly derived from the Program’s legislative mandate.

  • 2009 – An Assessment of the BOATING ACCESS PROVISIONS OF THE SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROGRAM, 1984-2009. In 2008, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Rowan Gould requested that the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council) undertake an assessment of the boating access provisions of the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program “…to ensure that it continues to provide maximum benefits to our fishing and boating stakeholders.” The Council formed an 11-member subcommittee for this purpose, which included members from state agencies and key boating-related constituencies as well as others knowledgeable about boating access programs and needs.

  • June 2008 – The Council produced Boaters’ Investment in Clean Water: A Review of the Clean Vessel Act. The Council’s Review Panel examined of the proposal submission and grant approval process with input from the Service’s Regional and Washington Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs staff, state coordinators, marina owners.

  • June 2005 – The Council completes its x year review and assessment of the Boating Infrastructure Grant program and issues the report “An Investment in Boating’s Future: A Review of the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program”. After a slow start following passage of the Sport Fishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 that created it, the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) successfully ran through its first four-year authorization, during federal fiscal 2000-2003years.

  • January 2002 Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council releases “A Partnership Agenda for Fisheries Conservation”.

  • September 2000 Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council releases Saving a System in Peril: A Special Report on the National Fish Hatchery System. The project was undertaken at the behest of Members of Congress and the Fish and Wildlife Service to help establish a clear mission for the National Fish Hatchery System. The process garnered input from a wide array of interested partners and stakeholders, including States, conservation organizations, Tribes, industry and NGOs. Many of the 20 consensus recommendations of the report were incorporated into a strategic plan for the hatchery system.

  • Between November 1997 and May 1998, 11 national stakeholder meetings were hosted by the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC) to 1) receive input from states, fisheries administrators, industry leaders, and interested user groups on factors contributing to the stagnation and decline in boating and angling as a recreational activity, and 2) to strategize about objectives and solutions for halting or reversing these trends. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt approved the 1998 Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communications Program in February 1999 (Exhibit 3).

  • November 1997- May 1998 The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 directs the Secretary of the Interior to “develop and implement, in cooperation and consultation with the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, a national plan for outreach and communications.”

  • October 1996 Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council convenes more than 100 recreational fisheries stakeholders to identify actions by non-Federal partners to complement the Recreational Fishery Resources Conservation Plan. Recommended actions include: 1) address habitat conservation and restoration issues through amendment to the Clean Water Act, 2) provide access to fishing waters in partnership with private entrepreneurs, 3) educate and recruit new anglers through aggressive marketing/education programs in urban areas, and 4) compile socio-economic data pertaining to recreational fisheries.

  • August 1996 Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council completes its first annual report on federal implementation of Executive Order for Recreational Fisheries. Agencies reported internal restructuring and a stir of planning activities to set up recreational fisheries offices and develop their respective agency's strategies for implementing the Recreational Fishery Resources Conservation Plan.

  • August 1996 Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council completes recommendations on the appropriate role of the Service in fisheries management and presents them to Acting Service Director John Rogers. Council recommends additional stakeholder meetings; at the national level as well as in each of the Service's seven geographical regions.

  • June 1996 Final Policy for Conserving Species Listed or Proposed for Listing Under the Endangered Species Act While Providing and Enhancing Recreational Fisheries Opportunities announced.

  • June 1996 Recreational Fishery Resources Conservation Plan unveiled.

  • December 1995 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service announce draft policy on administration of the Endangered Species Act as it relates to recreational fisheries.

  • December 1995 Council gives former Service Director Mollie Beattie its fiscal year 1997 cost savings recommendations.

  • October 1995-April 1996 Council holds several stakeholder meetings, including state agency directors, state fisheries chiefs, representatives of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, conservation organizations, and industry representatives.

  • September 1995 Congress directs the Service to develop $2.1 million in cost savings for its fisheries program in the 1997 budget (1996 budget totaled $64.7 million); Beattie asks Council for recommendations.

  • August 1995 former Service Director Mollie Beattie requests the Council convene fisheries stakeholder meetings to compile recommendations on the appropriate role of the Service in recreational fisheries management.

  • June 1995 President Bill Clinton signs Executive Order (12962) on Recreational Fisheries requiring federal agencies to improve recreational fisheries within the context of their programs and responsibilities. The Order required development of a policy to improve administration of the Endangered Species Act as it relates to recreational fisheries, required the development of a comprehensive fisheries conservation plan for federal agencies, and broadened the Council's responsibilities by charging it with monitoring federal agencies' progress under the fisheries conservation plan.

  • March 1995 Council releases special report called The Impact of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade on the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program.

  • February 1995 Council releases "position paper" called Conserving Federally Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed Species While Providing and Enhancing Recreational Fisheries Programs.

  • November 1994 Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt formally endorses Recreational Fisheries Stewardship Initiative; says he will recommend Executive Order on Recreational Fisheries.

  • October 1994 Council convenes more than 70 state, tribal, and federal fisheries advocates to recommend ways to reduce conflicts between traditional fishery management practices and federally listed species recovery efforts.

  • April 1994 Council releases Recreational Fisheries Stewardship Initiative outlining major threats to fisheries and aquatic systems and recommending efforts to combat them. Top priority given to policy for "achieving balance" in the administration of the Endangered Species Act as it relates to recreational fisheries. Another was Executive Order on Recreational Fisheries.

  • January 1993 Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council established.

Last updated: August 24, 2015