Hunting, Fishing and Habitat Conservation Organizations Support 30 by 30 Initiative

The nation’s leading hunting, fishing and habitat conservation organizations support the 30 by 30 Initiative, a plan to establish a goal of placing 30% of the planet’s land and water under protected status by 2030.

Hunting, Fishing and Habitat Conservation Organizations Support 30 by 30 Initiative

The nation’s leading hunting, fishing and habitat conservation organizations support the 30 by 30 Initiative, a plan to establish a goal of placing 30% of the planet’s land and water under protected status by 2030.

Given the historic and ongoing role hunters and anglers have played in land, water, fish and wildlife conservation in the United States, the Hunting and Fishing Community Statement expresses support for:

  • Recognizing the positive role hunting and fishing play in conservation;
  • Protected area definitions that allow for well-managed and sustainable wildlife-dependent activities;
  • Consideration of existing protected areas and other management strategies that achieve biodiversity conservation in measuring progress toward stated goals;
  • Targeted, science-based conservation measures developed through a stakeholder-driven process to address biodiversity threats; and
  • Clearly defined roles and authorities for the entities charged with carrying out the 30 by 30 Initiative proposal.

“America’s 50 million recreational fishermen not only have a significant economic impact of $125 billion annually, but also contribute substantially to conservation through excise taxes, fishing license purchases and direct donations." said Glenn Hughes, president of the American Sportfishing Association. "Continued access to our nation’s fisheries is critical for maintaining and building our stewardship of these resources. Recreational fishing is entirely compatible with conservation targets like the 30 by 30 Initiative.”

Coming on the heels of recently released reports identifying global threats to biodiversity, the 30 by 30 Initiative aims to generate support for increasing targets for global land and water protection prior to a meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), currently scheduled for May 2021. Established in 1993, the CBD is an international treaty with three primary objectives: 1) The conservation of biological diversity; 2) The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity and; 3) The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

In response to the rollout of the 30 by 30 initiative, this coalition has assembled to ensure the interests and contributions of sportsmen and sportswomen are part of the process. Although the United States is not a party to the treaty, U.S. elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels have announced efforts to establish or express support for the goals of the 30 by 30 Initiative in recent months.

"Hunters and anglers whose license dollars, excise taxes and fees support the conservation of our Nation's fish and wildlife resources and the habitats they depend on have a strong desire to pass on the sporting legacy to future generations," said Gene Gilliland, conservation director for the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. "We support policies that protect important terrestrial and aquatic habitats and the diverse array of plants and animals that make up healthy ecosystems. But maintaining responsible access to those lands and waters is vital to ensuring continued appreciation and support among sportsmen and women."

Concurrent with the release of the Community Statement, signatories also announced establishment of a website, The site will provide hunters and anglers with information about the 30 by 30 Initiative. It also will offer hunters and anglers the opportunity to make their voice heard as elected officials consider policy proposals related to the Initiative.

“Protection of America’s lands and waters is something that should be important to every sportsperson. As these protections are considered, it is essential that the benefits of active management are recognized for biodiversity," said Becky Humphries, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation. "It is also critical that regulated hunting and fishing be allowed to continue where appropriate. Not only is regulated hunting and fishing compatible, but at times essential for managing biodiversity and ensuring sportspersons’ support. Sportsmen and sportswomen have always been champions of conservation for all species and habitats.”

Original signatories to the Hunting and Fishing Community Statement include the American Sportfishing Association, American Woodcock Society, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Marine Manufacturers Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Ruffed Grouse Society, Safari Club International and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

“America’s sportsmen and women play a central role in large scale conservation efforts nationwide," said Laird Hamberlin, CEO of Safari Club International and the SCI Foundation. "From species management to critical conservation funding derived from license sales and excise taxes, they truly are the original conservationists. Ensuring they continue to have access to public lands and waters and a seat at the table when discussing the future of species biodiversity will allow wildlife populations and conservation efforts to thrive for generations to come.”


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