RE: NANFA-- RE: nanfa V1 #1332

Jay DeLong (
Fri, 19 Jul 2002 09:21:36 -0700

> I just read Steve Ellis' excellent report on his recent collecting trip
> with "7 fishheads." His reference to the group being questioned by
> various uniformed public servants wearing badges bring to mind
> something I've been thinking about for a while - especially when
> approached out on a stream by someone asking me what I'm doing.
> I propose the association print up official NANFA membership cards,
> including a Mission Statement (perhaps on the reverse side), etc.

I dunno personally. Does this mean for a $20 membership fee a person gets a
NANFA endorsement to collect fish? NANFA's Code of Ethics is an
organizational statement, not a requirement for membership. If there is a
potential for problems in the field, I suggest other avenues:

1- Notify your local fish and wildlife department before the collecting
outing, to prevent problems in the field. Observe all laws.

2- Write a personal code of ethics which you can offer to anyone that asks
what you're doing. You only have to do this one time.

3- Write a description beforehand of why you're there and what you hope to
accomplish, collect, etc., and make sure that's reflected by what you have
in your buckets or vehicle.

4- Bring a copy of American Currents (which has the Mission Statement

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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