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AB 1387 (authored by Assemblyman Wood) passed the State Assembly and is now being considered by the State Senate.  CLICK HERE to call your State Senator today!

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California Sportfishing League
"In recent years, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has increasingly cracked down on commercial boat operators who escort passengers into MPAs to illegally catch everything from rockfish to bass to yellowtail.

Wardens issued 1,053 warnings and 686 citations for illegal fishing in the protected areas in 2017, according to the agency’s most recently available data. That’s up dramatically from 2013, when wardens gave out just 396 warnings and issued 327 citations.

Advocates say authorities have over the last year continued to get even tougher on poaching in the state’s 124 MPAs, which cover about 16 percent of coastal waters or roughly 5,200 square miles," writes the San Diego Tribune.
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
Striped Bass Under Threat from Fake (Astro-Turf) Group

Due to huge opposition from anglers in 2016, an astro-turf (fake coalition) group retreated from a ploy to remove non-native fish from the Sacramento Delta by increasing take limits. They are baaaack! The California Sportfishing League is among several angler groups keenly aware that their nefarious agenda is a direct threat to fishing on California’s largest inland fishery and for local communities who depend on outdoor recreation for economic activity and jobs.

For CSL’s letter to the California Fish and Game Commission, click here - bit.ly/2Zm3ss6
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
WON Editorial: More Public Lands Opened By Pres. Trump

Western Outdoor News writes, "No matter what your feelings are for President Trump, if you’re a lover of fishing, hunting and the outdoors, he’s been doing some really great things for you, and right here in your own backyard.

President Trump has now approved a proposal opening thousands of public acres to hunting and fishing that’s being touted a massive win for hunters and anglers, and many of them are here in California in our own backyard. He understands that we need to act in efforts to expand hunting and fishing while at the same time being respectful of private land rights and be respectful of state law."

To read WON's Editorial CLICK HERE - bit.ly/2YgfDp3
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
365-Day Fishing License Bill to be Expanded!

"The plan is to improve the bill from its current form and incentivize buying fishing and hunting licenses in California. Since 1980, state fishing license sales have plummeted 55% while the state’s population has more than doubled, according to the California Sportfishing League, a group that has been working with Wood on the proposed legislation.

“I don’t know of any other product that is marketed that way,” said Marko Mlikotin, a spokesperson for the league. “… It’s not selling. It’s a very archaic way to market a product. They are selling access to hunting and fishing, but depending on when people buy it, they are not getting full value.”

The goal of the bill is to change that," reports the Times-Standard.

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California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
Assemblyman Wood’s 365-Day Fishing Bill Next Steps
Legislation to include comprehensive R3 recommendations

Over the past year, the California Sportfishing League (CSL) has been working with Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) to advance legislation to increase fishing participation in California. Assembly Bill 1387, authored by Assemblymember Wood and sponsored by CSL, would have enacted a 365-day sport fishing license valid for a full 12 months from the date of purchase, include an auto-renewal feature that would ensure greater license renewal rates, and allow licenses to be displayed on mobile devices.

Today, Assemblymember Wood announced his intentions for the bill as it moves forward in the 2019-20 legislative session. The goal is to expand the scope of AB 1387 to include comprehensive hunting and fishing recommendations aligned with California’s Recruit, Retain and Reactivate (R3) efforts.

To view the full press release, visit www.savefishing.com/news
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
“We’re just drifting,” Gamez said in the Facebook live video, narrating the experience as multiple men struggle to reel in the fish. “It’s taking us everywhere. First time I’ve had to pull an anchor on a shark. I hope it’s a shark.”

It was definitely a shark, but not the kind he was expecting.