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    Bad news for fishermen

    I'm not one for politic's, but when it could impact my flyfishing....

    I saw this today on ESPN Sports:

    I think this has some devastating potential to Sport and Recreational fishing.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print...magesPrint=off

    http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/s...ory?id=4975762

    Just sent a note off to my congressional reps...hope it helps.


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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    We have a constitutional right to keep and bear rods. They better not mess with us.


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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Does that article actually explain what the proposals are and how they negatively effect anglers? Seems more like an opinion piece designed to get support for the lobbying groups mentioned in the text.

    "The two best times to go fishing is when it's rainin' and when it ain't."--Patrick McManus.

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    There was a thread about this in mid-October. I looked into it at the time and thought that it does not seem like a bad thing to me. Furthermore, the main point of this piece seems to be that the feds are closing the public input period. So what?! The comment period had already begun back in mid-October - that makes it at least 5 months. How long should it last?




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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    In reading the article it does not go into what the proposals are. I think the concern is based on a general lack of differentiating between recreational and commercial angling. I think this came up on NEFF a few months ago. At the time, everyone kind of dismissed it as not that big of a deal. So perhaps the issue is lack of transparency and also the folks mentioned in the article as involved in formulating policy are not always recognized as being friendly to recreational angling. Should be interesting to see what comes out of this.

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    The truth is out there....


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    Re: The truth is out there....

    Quote Originally Posted by waterworker View Post
    Yeah I read this and I think the article that ESPN posted was probably a bit over the top and perhaps someone should have done a better job of editing to make the article more clear. I think it falls far short of the claims this guy makes. The analogy would be the bush administration allowing Oil companies to write the energy policy back in 2002. There was no balance. Some of the groups involved in creating this policy have some extreme views. So there is a fear (warranted or not) that by executive order or some other function that recreational angling would be curtailed or in some case eliminated. The article posted by ESPN even states that no overt dislike of recreational fishing has been stated but there are some concerns about a lack of balance and transparency in the process. Its also a valid concern that recreational fishing could be lumped in with commercial fishing in some instances. Look at some of the public comments folks are making on the whitehouse site. There are extreme views on both sides.

    "Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point." - Thomas McGuane

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Keep America Fishing

    It never hurts to remind politicians that you're watching them.

    "I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution." John Gierach

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Chicken Little Syndrome~ CHILL


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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Participate in the process by letting your elected representatives know how you feel and want them to vote or administrate the New National Policy for the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes
    NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - [title]

    Sample letter and contact form to your senator & congressman and the president.

    "I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution." John Gierach

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Chicken Little Syndrome~ CHILL
    yep - much ado about nothing. 30 million licensed anglers(thats just freshwater) - who, oh btw, inject billions into the economy - won't allow it and many of those are registered voters(most are males ages 30 to 55). enough said. there's plenty to worry about out there but fishing being banned isn't one of those things.

    Fish alone, catch more trout.

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    Re: Bad news for fishermen

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark S. View Post
    yep - much ado about nothing. 30 million licensed anglers(thats just freshwater) - who, oh btw, inject billions into the economy - won't allow it and many of those are registered voters(most are males ages 30 to 55). enough said. there's plenty to worry about out there but fishing being banned isn't one of those things.
    I dont necessarily believe we have something to worry about however I agree with Joe that it certainly doesnt hurt to make your elected officials know you are aware of the issue and are keeping an eye on it. We are a large voting block but if we dont make our voices heard its kind of late if an exec order is issued. So while its not very likley that recreational fishing will be banned it doesnt hurt to reinforce our view ahead of a decision.

    "Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point." - Thomas McGuane

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