Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council

Policy Recommendations/correspondence

The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council has prepared numerous policy and program recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and other agencies. These recommendations have been influential with establishing both formal and informal operating policies with federal agencies. A brief description of each policy and program recommendation is included below.

thumbnail image of the letter to Secretary Zinke July 17, 2018: FWS Response to SFBPC Letter to Sec. ZinkeThis letter addresses the eight policy recommendations made by the SFBPC in a letter dated May 3, 2018.
thumbnail image of the FWS response to SFBPC

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

thumbnail image of recommendation letter dated April 13, 2015 May 21, 2015: Recommendation letter - This letter to the Secretary of the Interior and the chair of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) provides the Council’s policy and program recommendations regarding federal agencies’ permitting processes.  The letter conveys specific recommendations to: 1) increase the transparency of the permitting process, 2) expand utilization of state and nationwide permits, 3) share science and technology within and between agencies, and 4) requests additional funding for resources to expedite permit reviews.
thumbnail image of FY2010-2012 Program Assessment April 13, 2015: Recommendation letter - This letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director requests that the Service provide more detailed information to the Council regarding the development of the Fish and Aquatic Conservation program’s strategic plan.
thumbnail image of 2013 recommendation letter to Secretary Sally Jewell September 18, 2013:  SFBPC Letter to Sec. Jewell  - This letter provides policy recommendations from the SFBPC to DOI to create a unified strategy that would provide a more successful platform for all stakeholders to support programs and policies that will get more Americans outdoors to enjoy our nation's natural treasures and to help conserve these resources for future generations.
thumbnail image of the recommendation letter dated 09/16/1997 September 16, 1997: Recommendation letter - The Council prepared letters to the Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Assistant Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with their recommendations for consideration of the federal Recreational Fisheries Coordination Council.  The Council’s recommendations are included in their report titled “Annual Evaluation and Recommendations for Improving Performance Under the President’s Executive Order 1962” dated September 16, 1997.
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March 8, 1995: Recommendation letter - This letter advises the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the Council’s determination of the impacts of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade agreement on revenues into the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund.  1 page

thumbnail image of SFBPC Position Paper February 10, 1995: Position Paper - Conserving Federally Threatened, Endangered and Proposed Species While Providing and Enhancing Recreational Fisheries Programs - This position paper provides the Council’s recommendations on balancing the demands of conserving aquatic species while providing recreational fishing opportunities.  7 pages