NANFA-- anglers & aquarists

Christopher Scharpf (
Mon, 16 Sep 2002 19:16:01 GMT

> Chris,
> I don't know about in your state, but here in Florida, we have to pay for
> a freshwater fishing license even if we are collecting non-gamefish, or
> baitfish.


Yes, the same is true here in Maryland. My sentence was poorly worded
and open to misinterpretation. I should have written:

"Anglers generate more licensing revenue than nongame fish collectors,
so local authorities are more likely to act quickly and decisively when
gamefish populations are threatened than they would when
non-gamefish populations are threatened. Furthermore, since home
aquarists are not licensed or regulated the same way anglers are, there
is no political incentive for the same authorities to consider aquarists'
needs when making wildlife policy decisions."

I hope that makes better sense.

> Since we are law abiding citizens, and pay for our right to
> collect, we should also, with that, have a right to publicly voice our
> opinions to the State or local management districts.

By all means do. I hope that nothing I said gave the impression that you

Chris Scharpf
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