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1) AB 1387 (Wood): Support a 365-Day Fishing License. Click Here to Sign the Petition!

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2) AB 3030 (Kalra): Oppose Fishing Ban off California Coastline. Click Here to Sign Petition!

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A statewide coalition of California anglers and small business leaders devoted to protecting recreational fishing. Twitter @CASportfishing
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California Sportfishing League
"What started as an international environmental plan to restrict the use of 30 percent of all land and water is now being driven to the extreme here in California with an ocean focus on additional marine protected areas (MPAs) with AB 3030," writes Western Outdoor News.
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California Sportfishing League
AB 3030 - Key Vote on Potential Fishing Ban August 12th!

"California’s fishers rely on a healthy and abundant ecosystem. That is why fishers have consistently supported strong laws to protect living natural resources and preserve their abundance for generations to come. Gratuitously decreasing fishing access in California’s waters will do nothing to cure environmental malpractice happening elsewhere around the globe. Therefore, Assembly Bill 3030 in its current form must be fixed or defeated," write some California anglers.
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
The Eureka Times Standard Reports -

A bill proposed by North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood to create year-round sportfishing licenses will not be addressed further by the Legislature this year.

The Legislature’s truncated session caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has impacted a variety of bills not deemed essential or urgent.

“California anglers have every reason to be disappointed that fishing license reform will not come in 2020,” said Marko Mlikotin, executive director of the California Sportfishing League, an organization that sponsored the bill. “For decades, California’s costly and antiquated fishing license program has contributed to declining fishing participation rates and fewer economic benefits for communities and jobs dependent on outdoor recreation.”

Under current law, fishing licenses expire Dec. 31 regardless of when the license is purchased.
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
STATE SENATE DROPS 365-DAY FISHING LICENSE BILL

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason, the California State Senate will not hear legislation that authorizes a 365-day fishing license legislation. Assembly Bill 1387 was authored by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) and sponsored by the California Sportfishing League (CSL).

In recent weeks it became increasingly evident that a limited legislative session meant many bills would not be heard this year unless they were deemed urgent or essential.

“California anglers have every reason to be disappointed that fishing license reform will not come in 2020. For decades, California’s costly and antiquated fishing license program has contributed to declining fishing participation rates and fewer economic benefits for communities and jobs dependent on outdoor recreation,” said Marko Mlikotin, executive director of the CSL. “States that offer anglers a license that provide a full 12-months of fishing from the date of purchase have experienced increased license sales and revenue. Unfortunately, this pandemic killed reform, but it was not due to a lack of support. Over 70 state and national organizations supported Assembly Bill 1837 and as part of a plan to improve fishing and hunting licensing programs, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended transitioning the state to a 365-day license.”

Assembly Bill 1387 passed the State Assembly unanimously and subject to minor amendments in the Senate, the bill was scheduled to advance later this month. Assemblyman Jim Wood intends to reintroduce the bill in the next legislative session and try to have a 365-day fishing license in effect by the original implementation date as specified in AB 1387.

Expressing optimism, Assemblyman Wood said, “I have every intention of reintroducing a 365-day fishing license bill next year that aims to introduce many more Californians to the great outdoors. I look forward to working with the California anglers and the recreational boating industry, and many others, to bring about meaningful reform and soon.”
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
"A groundbreaking new study found decreasing shark populations in a number of areas — largely due to overfishing and climate change — though the California shark population was said to be thriving," reports CBS News LA.
California Sportfishing League
California Sportfishing League
TAKE ACTION - Contact Your State Senator to Oppose Fishing Bans!

Assembly Bill 3030 (authored by Asm. Kalra) proposes to restrict access to 30 percent of California's waters and lands by 2030. The bill also directs the state to consider new marine protected areas (MPAs) in which recreational fishing may be banned.

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o California already has a wide network of 146 marine protected areas (MPAs) reflecting the most restrictive marine environmental management policies in the world

o Fishing closures will reduce state revenues from fishing licenses and boating fees, and in turn, reduce much-needed funds for scientific study and fisheries enforcement

o Threatens communities and jobs dependent on outdoor tourism and sportfishing fees, and in turn, reduce much-needed funds for scientific study and fisheries enforcement marine protected areas (MPAs) in which recreational fishing may be banned.

Don't wait! Contact your State Senator today!