California Governor Signs Conservation Executive Order

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that establishes a framework to conserve 30 percent of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030.

The new executive order is designed to reduce state’s carbon footprint while bolstering economic growth, Gov. Newsom’s office said in a statement.

The goal is to conserve 30 percent of the state’s land and coastal water by 2030 to fight species loss and ecosystem destruction. These strategies must achieve the 30×30 goal in a manner that expands equitable outdoor access and recreation for all Californians.

The American Sportfishing Association hopes the process set forward by the executive order will improve the state’s already robust environmental safeguards while allowing for continued public access for sustainable activities like recreational fishing.

“The sportfishing industry looks forward to actively participating in the development of strategies to conserve 30 percent of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030,” said ASA Pacific fisheries policy director Danielle Cloutier in a statement.

The executive order has a heavy emphasis on collaboration among agencies and engaging with stakeholders in identifying recommendations to address these challenges.

“While the state has likely already achieved the goal through a wide range of existing conservation areas, we still believe this executive order can help identify additional opportunities to enhance biodiversity in a way that recognizes the recreational fishing community’s longstanding contributions to conservation and low environmental impact,” said Cloutier.