Our recent 2021 Roundtable event, sponsored by Yamaha Rightwaters, included an exciting conservation announcement from Yamaha. They announced a new initiative which aims to return 10,000 pounds of Polyethylene and Polypropylene sheet plastics back into their base materials before the end of the calendar year! This announcement was featured on both Yahoo Finance and Bassmasters.
This event was live streamed on Youtube and is available below.
Roundtable topics included:
Infrastructure remains critical to ensuring that anglers have access to public trust resources like waterways and fisheries. As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. debate infrastructure packages, modernization and mitigation of infrastructure will be important. This conversation may include mitigation of tire debris impacts on coho salmon, and improving habitat connectivity through infrastructure modernization.
Chinook Salmon runs continue to be challenged throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, suggesting a significant at-sea component to the problem. This conversation may include the ocean’s role as a carbon sink (and carbon sequestration), and the redesign of plastic products to consider the full lifecycle of the product.
*The 30 x 30 Movement
The current movement in Washington DC to protect 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030 has been gaining traction. President Biden’s Executive Order on Climate Change referenced 30×30, receiving mixed reviews from different sectors and states across the nation. This conversation is intended to focus on how 30×30 efforts may impact access and opportunity for the sportfishing public.