Thursday, January 11, 2007

National Fishing Licenses - Here They Come!

In its last hours, the 109th Congress surprised many observers by passing a bill reauthorizing and overhauling the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
A lot of what was done was to update and re-authorize the previously existing bill. Down near the bottom, however, lost in the other stuff, is the ground-work for setting up a National Recreational Fishing license, most likely in addition to the currently required individual state licenses.

Registry of Recreational Fishing. Previously, the Magnuson-Stevens Act regulated only commercial fisheries. The legislation will establish a regional registry system for recreational fishers (individuals and vessels). No fees can be charged as a result of the registry until January 1, 2011. Recreational fishers or charter fishing vessels licensed, permitted or registered through state programs may be exempt, if the data collected through the state program is sufficient for federal uses.
I hope you read that last paragraph carefully. No fees until 2011. That is, unless an amendment is tacked on to something else to move the date closer, so they can start collecting money sooner. The sooner they can collect the money, the sooner, and larger, their bureaucracy can be built.

First, they have to be sure that this has slipped in under the radar, and so far, it seems to have done so. Of course state licenses "MAY" be exempt. Want to make a small bet on it? Didn't think so.......

Here's some other things to be watching for:

1. National Hunting Licenses

2. National Driver's Licenses

3. National Recreational Boating Operator Licenses

There's more, but that's enough for now.


At Friday, January 12, 2007 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous Markshoreline said...

Of course, Congress would never consider that actually made senses sense like concealed carry permits that are valid in all states. How about that instead of National Fishing Licenses?

At Friday, January 12, 2007 11:37:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

At first glance, a National Concealed Carry law sounds good, but if concealed carry is authorized by one law, it can be made illegal by changing only that one law. A better solution would be for all states to individually authorize concealed carry, and a Federal law requiring reciprocity between states. Even better would be a court decision affirming that the constitution says nothing in the second amendment about how you should carry your weapons, and tell the rest of the government to butt out....

...... Mr. C.

At Friday, January 12, 2007 1:18:00 PM, Blogger GunGeek said...

Don't be fooled. Yes, they will exempt states and do so happily. Did you miss the litle "if the data collected through the state program is sufficient for federal uses" clause?

They want to collect more data on us (they always do) and this is an easy way to get it. They could even ask for a complete list of every single person living in the state, along with their status as a recreational fisher.

They'll either get more money, or they'll get more data. Either way, they think they've won.

At Saturday, January 13, 2007 1:27:00 PM, Anonymous markshoreline said...

Yeah, that sounds better and is much better said, as well.


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