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Resource First 

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Policy

“Resource First” is a philosophy that describes the first priority of the Commission’s mission and that of the Fish and Boat Code, as well as the Commission’s fundamental role in fulfilling and supporting the provisions of Article 1, Section 27 (Natural Resources and Public Estate) of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A. The Commissioners’ belief that the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources are the valuable collateral that secures all fishing and boating activities.

B. The notion that protecting, conserving, and enhancing the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources is the agency’s first management priority.

C. The Commissioners’ expectation that the agency’s activities, regulations, and methods of work will be evaluated and practiced within the context of this priority.

From “The Commissioners’ Policy Manual for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission