Newsom’s executive order calls for coastal conservation

The governor’s formal mandate calls for development of a strategy to conserve at least 30 percent of California’s coastal waters by 2030.

SACRAMENTO—Fishing organizations are being called upon to contribute to a new policy mandate issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom: help the state develop strategies to conserve at least 30 percent of California’s coastal waters and lands by 2030.

The proposed strategies to implement this mandated goal, which was the focus of a recent executive order issued by Newsom, must be submitted to the governor’s office by Feb. 1, 2022.

Newsom including fishing organizations in his executive order’s call to action. He specifically listed several stakeholders to provide input on his plan to combat what he called “the biodiversity and climate crises.”

Those stakeholders are fishing and hunting organizations, California’s Native tribes, local and federal government agencies, academic and research institutions, farmers, ranchers, private landowners, land managers, environmental advocates, housing and land use developers, educators, and philanthropists.

The stakeholders would engage directly with the California Natural Resources Agency while crafting the strategy recommendations for the governor’s review.

Newsom’s Executive Order stated the strategies submitted to him must achieve 30 percent (or more) conservation of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030 in certain manner. Stakeholders must factor in economic sustainability, food security, biodiversity protection and restoration, enduring conservation, climate resilience and equitable access for recreational activities into their recommended strategies.

“The state’s long-term vitality is threatened by the loss of biodiversity – the variety and variability of plant and animal life in our state – and the impacts of climate change,” Newsom said in his Executive Order. “The well-being of our communities and California’s economic sustainability are interconnected with our natural and cultural resources.”

The Order added the state’s is suffering from a loss of habitats and the spread of invasive species.

“The climate change crisis is happening now, impacting California in unprecedented ways including intensifying wildfires, mud slides, floods and drought, sea level rise and extreme heat, that threaten our economy, communities, public safety, and cultural and natural resources,” Newsom continued.

He said collaboration amongst outdoor enthusiasts, government agencies, tribes, businesses and others is necessary to address what he described as a biodiversity crisis.

The effect of the strategies on fishing will not be known until the recommendations are made (and later implemented). The Log and FishRap will continue to report on the governor’s Executive Order and the stakeholder process.

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