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Gold Coast Lady Anglers Club supports Warden Stamp
Gold Coast Lady Anglers
The Gold Coast Lady Anglers (GCLA) is a saltwater fishing club based in Ventura, California that includes women of all ages and skill levels. GCLA members come from a wide range of professions and backgrounds. Our mission is to have lots of fun, form solid friendships, and share our passion for fishing. Two experienced anglers, Jeanne Zappia (current President) and Jacquelyn Appel, met each other in 1999 and formed the club in 2001.
Since then the club has grown to nearly 50 members. The club participates in at least 10 fishing trips a year from Ventura to San Diego. They fish for everything from rockfish to white sea bass to tuna offshore.
GCLA meets once a month, with members hosting a meeting at a different house each month. Periodically, speakers are invited to these meetings to educate the women about issues surrounding the marine resources. At a recent meeting, The Sportfishing Conservancy did a presentation about the Warden Stamp. The following is a brief description of the Department of Fish and Game Warden Stamp: In recent years, the DFG's budget has been significantly reduced due to the state's economic downturn. These reductions have overwhelmed the DFG's Law Enforcement Division. Recognizing the dire situation, an advocacy group proposed the idea of selling a "Game Warden Stamp" to raise additional funds to support Game Wardens critical work on behalf of California's natural resources.
The inaugural stamp is a decal which can be proudly displayed to show your support for the work wardens do. All proceeds will be deposited into a special account and used to provide important tools for the 385 fish and game wardens statewide, including; new communications and surveillance devices, protective equipment, training in specialized areas, and new law enforcement programs, such as the DFG's K-9 Program Game Wardens are responsible for protecting more than 1,000 native fish and wildlife species, 6,300 native plant species and 360 threatened or endangered species. California's 159,000 square miles of land (414 square miles per warden) 1,100 miles of coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,800 lakes and reservoirs and 80 major rivers. Game Wardens patrol on foot, by plane, boat, all-terrain vehicles, snow mobiles, and even on horseback. There is one game warden for every 200,000 constituents.
Game Wardens work hard to educate those they encounter in the outdoors, as well as school children in the classroom, about the importance of resource conservation, pollution prevention, and the importance of a healthy natural environment. These men and women dedicate their lives to ensuring our resources are here for future generations. You do not have to be an outdoor enthusiast to help, just someone who cares about protecting California's wildlife populations and conserving the habitats in which they live.
$5 donation from each club member
The GCLA is proud and supportive of the Warden Stamp. By showing 100% participation and support of the Stamp, the GCLA Fishing Club shows that they care about protecting our marine and terrestrial resources.