The Issue

Threatens Access to Recreational Fishing

Since the early 1980’s, recreational fishing license sales have declined over 55% as California’s population has increased over 60%. Removing boats from service will only undermine the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s efforts to increase fishing participation and license sales that generate revenue for state fishery and wildlife conservation programs. 

“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has made significant strides with its R3 Program (Recruit, Retain, Reactivate). This program aims to increase outdoor recreation, fishing participation rates and license sales. However, any gains will be lost as passenger sportfishing boats are removed from service or as higher prices prove to be an economic barrier for existing and prospective anglers.”

Sportfishing Coalition Letter to CARB
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