Bureaucracy at work
UPDATE: Today, June 11th, NOAA issued a new updated press release, which you can read here:
They say the program will not charge you for the first two years, but after that $15-25, and that a state saltwalter license will exempt you from the fee, but that you still have to register. It would have been nice if they included these details in the Media Advisory sent out initially.
Still, a science organization issuing a personal federal fishing license? Bad idea. This is just a way to fund a program without congressional approval of a tax.
This is a bit off topic for this blog, but I’m posting it because it shows the thoughtless heavy handedness that is permeating government organizations like NOAA. Last week is was bonfires on the beach in Seattle being considered for a ban due to “CO2 concerns”, this week it’s fishing on the open ocean. For me, this is a tipping point.
One by one our freedoms are being taken away by environmental concerns. Where’s the ACLU on this one?
Point to NOAA: There is no way I’m going to register for one of your fishing licenses. I already buy one from the state of California for salt water fishing. We have commercial offshore fishing that takes TONS of fish, crab, lobster, whatever, and you, as a science organization, want me to register (and likely pay fees in the process to support the program) for recreational catch and release fishing now?
My advice to NOAA: Go fish!
Write your congressman, senator, and anyone who will listen. Press release below explains all. An idea: Mail them every fish you catch. An office full of stink might make them think twice about this.
You can also participate in the call in (see details below) and give them an earful.
Here’s the address:
National Marine Fisheries Service, Fisheries Statistics Division,
1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
NATIONAL OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Contact: Monica Allen 301-713-2370
NOAA to Propose Requiring Saltwater Angler Registration
NOAA’s Fisheries Service will discuss a new proposed requirement that recreational anglers who fish in federal ocean waters be registered in a national saltwater angler registry before fishing in 2009 in a phone press availability on Wed., June 11. The rule also requires registration by those who may catch
certain species anywhere, including striped bass, salmon, and shad.
WHAT: Phone press availability
WHO: Jim Balsiger, NOAA acting assistant
administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries
Service Gordon Colvin, NOAA fisheries biologist
301-713-2367 x 175
WHEN: Wed., June 11, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: Please contact Monica Allen at 301-713-2370 for call-in information.
BACKGROUND: The national saltwater angler registry is part of a larger state and federal initiative to improve the quality and accuracy of data on marine recreational fishing catches. This improved data will help scientists and policymakers make the best conservation decisions to ensure the sustainable management of valuable fish stocks for those who enjoy fishing today and for future generations. It will also help measure
the positive economic effects of recreational fishing on the national economy.
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