Saltwater Fishing License
This statement was taken from another site -
And to further prove that we’re surrounded by assassins note that in 2008 fishermen in Delaware will have to purchase a saltwater fishing license. The fee will be $8.50 and the fee for recreational and charter boats will be increased. Additionally, non-residents and tourists will also be required to buy a license.
According to Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), some Delaware anglers believe they will benefit from the license fee. However, he debunked that notion saying, “They’re being told that they will get political clout from paying the tax. It won't work that way.”
Pointing to the license situation in California, Donofrio explained, “That’s the first state to institute a saltwater fishing license. The fee is now up to $60 but anglers get practically nothing from it. In fact, fishermen have so little political clout that the environmentalists have pushed through the Marine Life Protection Act, which will actually take away some of their best fishing spots.”
Donofrio added that even California fish and wildlife officials admit they’ve lost 200,000 anglers. "The state's population is booming and the number of saltwater anglers is falling every year," Donofrio said. “The license buyers are just not getting anything for their money.”
Donofrio also explained that anglers should not have to pay for fisheries research for a public resource that is increasingly being influenced by environmentalists who do not buy a license.
Nils Stolpe, a spokesman for the commercial fishing industry, said the Pew Charitable Trusts, which pours money into organizations making assaults on commercial and recreational fishing efforts, is an increasing problem.
According to Stolpe, the Conservation Law Foundation has received more than $1 million Pew dollars, Earthjustice has received $20 million; National Environmental Trust has received more than $40 million, Public Interest Research Group has received more than $18 million, Oceana more than $38 million, and Natural Resources Defense Council $5 million.
For Garden State anglers the license question isn’t “if,” but “how soon.”
Interteresting to say the least. So much for "clout" with the saltwater license. Seems that a poster in another thread on this very subject said this would come to pass here in NY. Ummmm!!!
PS - Posted this in NE Freshwater by mistake.
Capt. Ken Courtlangus