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Wrong because if they want to fresh water fish or hunt they will pay like you do. On the other hand you can fish saltwater free as well. Its all goodIf there is no saltwater license, then the rest of the sportsmen of NJ are paying the price for those who fish in saltwater.
I would not and you are mixing to concepts, money for conservation and regulations. Your point misses the point because we have very strict regulations of salt water fishery without the $20 fee for fishing licenseA more interesting question is how many would support a license fee of, say $20 per year provided the money really goes to fishery conservation. I would accept it, as much as we complain about the sometimes crazy regulations, I have seen what a complete lack of regulation can do. In Sweden the ocean has been beat to death by bottom trawlers, there is not a bottom fish to catch unless you travel over 50 miles offshore.
you have strict regulations because the wont listen to anyone else's data.. There is no shortage of fluke, they just raised the size limit until the threshold was hit where guys started complaining they werent catching keepers. They wont use anyone else's data for 2 reasons.Wrong. We have strict salt water regulations because we don't have enough biologists to provide fishery data to the federal government to refute the quotas they appropriate to our state, quotas they formulate using mathematical equations based on many different quotients like effort (amount of time it takes to catch fish), nursery area (estuarine systems which NJ has plenty), bycatch rates, catch rates, recruitment, predation, etc etc. So, if our state agency does not provide fishery data, we get stuck with what the feds give us, which obviously is going to be a very conservative amount. That's at least how I remember it when I took some fishery courses at Rutgers some 17 yrs ago. Fishery science is very complex but we have to attempt it or we end up like the countries across the pond who have scraped up the bottoms for everything it's worth! We are far far away from the times when we just went fishin, caught a mixed bag for dinner, and assumed we will catch em again next time we went. Effort has exponentially increased as well as being exponentially more efficient w gear and technology, nursery area has been degraded, bycatch is huge, enforcement is disproportionately low based on numbers of fishermen vs COs, and so on and so on. Pay up now for the tomorrows fishing!