Fishing pole holders at a fish festival on Saturday in Portland, Ore., got a message loud and clear when Donald Trump signed an executive order directing agencies to reverse course on protections for thousands of species.
The order, which has not yet been formally rescinded, would require federal agencies to take steps to kill millions of fish, while also removing protections from thousands of other species.
Fish and wildlife advocates fear that the Trump move would have a ripple effect on the species’ numbers and cause them to vanish, even as they face threats from invasive species, climate change and climate change-related pollution.
“It is our responsibility to protect these animals, but it is our duty to protect the world,” said Jessica Henningsen, the executive director of the American Fisheries Institute, an environmental group that has been pushing to end the ban on trophy-fishing in the Northwest.
“It’s an insult to all of the species we have and it is an insult that we cannot even take steps toward keeping them alive.”
Fishing pole holders from the North Coast Fisherman’s Party gather on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of President Donald Trump’s executive order to reverse protections for many endangered fish and wildlife species.