November 8-10, 2023  •  Lumen Field Event Center  •  Seattle, WA

Agenda Session

‘America the Beautiful’ Conservation Initiative and the Commercial Fishing Industry

Nov 18 2022

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM PST

The Helm (formally known as the Main Stage)

The Biden Administration's America the Beautiful Initiative, which seeks to conserve 30 percent of US lands and waters by the end of the decade, has the potential to impact US commercial fisheries in many ways. Some view the initiative as a threat to their businesses or the imposition of marine protected areas that can shut harvesters out. Others view the effort's elevation of Indigenous voices and community-supported approaches to conservation as long overdue and part of a strategy to address fishery resource declines while continuing to allow fishing. Come hear from policy experts who regularly engage on America the Beautiful & 30×30 to learn about and discuss how the initiative is developing and how to get involved.

Moderated by: Noah Oppenheim


Homarus Strategies

- Principal

University of Washington, College of the Environment

- Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences


- Founder

Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association

- Executive Director

Fishing Policy for Congresswoman Mary Peltola (D-Alaska)

- Special Assistant

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