The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO) represents recreational anglers and boaters in the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) implementation process to ensure they have an organized presence and unified voice. The PSO, which collectively represents nearly one million individual recreational anglers and boaters through their combined membership organizations, has been actively and constructively involved in the MLPA planning and implementation process since the North Central Coast planning phase began in 2007.
The PSO maintains that all recreational anglers are stewards of the environment and advocates for sustainable fisheries and conservation. Excessive fishing closures could have a significant negative impact on local economies and the opportunity to fish recreationally. The PSO is constructively working through the MLPA process to achieve a result that provides the protections outlined in the MLPA while preserving access to recreational fishing opportunities.
The PSO's goal is to:
- Maintain and improve the conservation of California's marine fisheries and associated marine resources in order to improve the overall health of the ocean;
- Assure that the process for future closures or designations under the MLPA relies on biological and economic information in a balanced fashion; and
- Increase sportfishing opportunities in California from their current economic and participation levels.
The PSO's efforts are ongoing and include mobilizing and coordinating anglers' efforts, developing alternative proposals, providing additional science resources, conducting economic impact studies and participating in every MLPA meeting.
PSO Member Organizations
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is the sportfishing industry's trade association, committed to looking out for the interests of the entire sportfishing community. ASA has the lead role in the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans.
Coastside Fishing Club is a community of recreational anglers who share common goals of improving and conserving our nation's fisheries and sharing fishing and conservation knowledge with younger generations.
The Avalon Tuna Club, which was the world's first marine conservation organization when it was founded in 1898, fosters sportsmanship and marine angling.
The International Game Fish Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. It was founded in 1939 and has members in over 125 countries.
Founded in 2004, the Kayak Fishing Association of California is a volunteer, nonprofit grassroots advocacy group dedicated to preserving and expanding kayak fishing opportunities.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the trade association representing the U.S. recreational boating industry. Members include manufacturers of all categories of boats, engines, trailers, electronics, accessories, and components. For more information on NMMA's contributions to aquatic stewardship and environmental responsibility, click here.
The NorCal Kayak Anglers support northern California's kayak anglers providing information, education and opportunities for fresh and saltwater kayak fishing.
The Southern California Marine Association is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the recreational boating industry in Southern California.
Since 1972, the Sportfishing Association of California has been actively involved in the state, federal, and Mexican political arenas, supporting the health of sportfishing and the marine fishery resources on which the sport anglers and boat owners depend.
United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of fishery resources through management, conservation and education in order to maximize angling opportunities and pass the sport of fishing onto future generations.
The Watermen's Alliance is a community of divers whose common bond is the mission to provide stewardship of the ocean's resources. The Watermen's Alliance believes divers to be among the ocean's foremost protectors and conservationists and actively seeks to protect divers' access to ocean resources. The Alliance continually promotes conservation ethics among all ocean users.