SportCon Seeks to Build Support to Repeal the Requirement of Having to Wear California Fishing Licenses
Santa Barbara, Calif. (June 15, 2009) - In an effort to repeal the regulation of having to wear a California fishing license when angling, The Sportfishing Conservancy (SportCon), a Long Beach-based recreational fishing advocacy group, launched an initiative called the "No Wear" campaign.
The campaign gathers signatures to support the repeal of the regulation, which the California Department of Fish and Game instituted more than a decade ago. There are more than one million fishing licenses issued each year in California.
"The more signatures and responses we can capture, the more impact we can have to have this issue placed on the Fish and Game Commission's agenda," said Tom Raftican, president of SportCon. "We believe that the Commission will vote on the issue and repeal the wearing of fishing licenses if we can generate support for it. The voice of the recreational angler can play an important role in moving fishing licenses from around our necks to our wallets or tackle boxes where they belong."