The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC) is a Federal Advisory Committee Act group that advises the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on aquatic conservation endeavors that benefit recreational resources and recreational boating and that encourage partnerships among industry, the public, and the government. The Council was established in 1993. The Council’s charter and bylaws provide more information on its duties, committee structure and authorities. The role of the Council was expanded by Executive Order 12962 in 1995. In subsequent years, Executive Order 13474 refined the previous order to provide additional guidance to Federal agencies on providing recreational fishing access.  

Council work products

2018Programmatic Assessment of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation: FY2013-2015. This report provides the Council’s findings and recommendations regarding the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s implementation of the National Outreach and Communication Program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report constitutes the Council’s fifth review of the Foundation. 73 pages.

July 17, 2018: FWS Response to SFBPC Letter to Sec. Zinke – This letter addresses the eight policy recommendations made by the SFBPC in a letter dated May 3, 2018.

May 3, 2018: SFBPC Recommendation Letter – This letter to the Secretary Zinke provides the Council’s policy and program recommendations regarding Secretarial Order 3347.


The SFBPC holds three to four public meetings each year. The public is invited to attend and offer comments at all committee meetings, which are announced by publication in the Federal Register at least 15 days before the meeting date.


  • Executive
  • Boating Infrastructure Grant Progran Tier II
  • Boating Issues
  • Boating Technology
  • Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR)/Federal Recreation
  • Fisheries Issues