03 September 2009

I'm from the Government, and I'm Here to Help You

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Connecticut Post Says License Fees to Jump

“Want to fish for your dinner? A $20 inland fishing license will cost $40. Salt water fishing, which has been free, will cost $30.”

And services are to be reduced: “…state Department of Environmental Protection's Long Island Sound account, funded by extra fees on Sound-themed motor vehicle license plates, is being eliminated and the funding will revert to the General Fund.

“Dennis Schain, spokesman for the DEP, said Wednesday that the Sound account, which began nearly 20 years ago with license-plate revenue, is another victim of the state's fiscal crisis. ‘It has been a valuable program that's funded many projects to Long Island Sound and related resources, but these are extraordinary times,’ Schain said.

So the state got its foot in the door with a $10 saltwater license…giving the state now full “license” to increase fees to as much as the public will bear.

Read about this and the other ways Connecticut will help us at: ConnPost.com

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NOAA Expresses Interest in Recreational Fishing

“To that end, I’m announcing my commitment to take a fresh look at our relationship with the angling community. As a first step, I will create a new position of senior policy advisor for recreational fishing that will report directly to the assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries and be charged with addressing the interests of the recreational community within the agency as we consider policy….. Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator”

Read the bureaucratic claptrap at: NOAA News

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

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