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01-25-2009, 11:40 AM
Group Launches “No Wear” Fishing License Initiative1/16/2009 12:00 AMLast updated: 1/16/2009 12:21 PMSportCon Seeks to Build Support to Repeal the Requirement of Having to Wear California Fishing Licenses.

LONG BEACH- In an effort to repeal the regulation of having to wear a California fishing license when angling, The Sportfishing Conservancy (SportCon), a Long Beach-based recreational fishing advocacy group, has launched an initiative called the ’No Wear’ campaign.

The campaign seeks to gather signatures to support the repeal of the regulation, which the California Department of Fish and Game instituted more than a decade ago. There are more than one million fishing licenses issued each year in California.

’The more signatures and responses we can capture, the more impact we can have to have this issue placed on the Fish and Game Commission’s agenda,’ said Tom Raftican, president of SportCon. ’We believe that the Commission will vote on the issue and repeal the wearing of fishing licenses if we can generate support for it. The voice of the recreational angler can play an important role in moving fishing licenses from around our necks to our wallets or tackle boxes where they belong.’

Rafitcan said the Commission will meet in early February and will learn of the campaign. ’I think we can generate enough support to have this issue formally addressed in the coming months and end the wearing of fishing licenses,’ he said. ’I can’t tell you how many anglers complain about having to visually wear their licenses - from the hassle of having it tangle around your neck while fishing to loosing it frequently. I’ve even had an angler tell me that those who fish and dogs are the only two who need to wear a license around their neck.’

Rafitcan said the effort is not designed to make enforcement more difficult but to make it easier to comply and reduce the number of lost licenses.

April Wakeman, director of programs for SportCon, said the campaign’s elements will include outreach to many of the state’s fishing clubs and organizations as well as posters and advertisements showcasing the ’No Wear’ message.


01-25-2009, 01:57 PM
"Rafitcan said the effort is not designed to make enforcement more difficult but to make it easier to comply and reduce the number of lost licenses. "

BULL ****!
Seems stupid, another thing those California babies can cry about. Freshwater licenses have to be displayed so they're visible, why not salt? Skishing or wading in the suds I can see the issues of getting it lost. Do they want the wardens to have to check every person fishing? It's a lot easier to eyeball who has the licence by looking with binocs. Or you would have to hire more enforcement, and then those crybabies would be crying over too much money being spent. Can't seem to please those fruits and kooks in California.:kooky: