"We met with Senator Negron to explain the benefits of the license money and the damages that would occur if it was eliminated" said Ted Forsgren, Executive Director of CCA Florida. "He told us that he did not believe that a license should be required to fish. He simply disagreed with all of our comments and concerns, but was open to further discussions."
For more than a hundred years, conservation minded sportsmen, fishers and hunters have actively supported and promoted license fees to manage public natural resources. As the original proponent of the saltwater fishing license in 1988, CCA Florida has worked to protect and improve the license for more than 20 years.
Since then, the saltwater fishing license has provided more than 250 million dollars in revenues specifically dedicated to marine research, management and law enforcement. The funding provides critical information for the management of fisheries like snook, redfish, spotted sea trout and grouper. "If you dont have basic research which establishes the levels of abundance and monitors the impacts of regulations you can not properly manage a fishery" said Forsgren.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has adopted new regulations to protect permit. The primary action was to extend Florida state regulations into offshore federal waters and further limit the take of the large spawning size fish.
â€œIt was extremely important to adopt the permit rule modifications to get controls in federal waters where none existed.â€ said Ted Forsgren, CCA Florida Executive Director. â€œThe regulations adopted by the Commissioners are a great set of amendments and new regulations which will protect this outstanding fishery for many yearsâ€.
FWC Commissioners Ken Wright and Rodney Barreto led the charge for changes at the Commission level. Commissioner Wright noted that the permit rule along with the recent bonefish rule plus our great tarpon fishery puts Florida in the international spotlight for anglers to pursue and catch the coveted â€œflats grand slamâ€, a tarpon, bonefish, and permit all caught in the same day. â€œAnglers travel all over the world for such an opportunity and now we are going to be in a position to outcompete Belize and other countries for those angler dollarsâ€ said Wright. â€œIt is a good thing for Floridas economy and our status as the â€œFishing Capital of the Worldâ€.