I'm proud to say that The Sportfishing Conservancy is still creating dramatic change nationally. They are continuing to redefine success on the water. They have affiliations with groups all over the country and are actively seeking to reach common ground with activists and recreational fishermen.
I think what The Sportfishing Conservancy has done is inspiring -- No Motor Tournaments, Warden's Stamps, No-Wear Campaign, etc. What they have planned in the near future is going to be revolutionary. They have proven themselves capable of creating positive change in the area of conservation of our natural resources. I'm eager to see what they implement next as conservation becomes a more integral part of our every day lives.
What is the scource of funding for this group? Information seems unavailable. It's listed as non profit but has no paid membership.
This group is great. They understand that conservation and recreational fishing are compatible and work for realistic solutions. We need to find the middle ground between catching (and killing) every fish and turning the ocean into an aquarium. Too often rec fishermen are too busy yelling to work with the conservation community which is trying to maintain adequate fish populations -- so we can continue to fish.
now my license wont get wet, and i can protect it thanks to the "no wear". We need more project like this to help make the outdoor adventures convenient.
California fishermen and hunters have long complained about the way Sacramento has treated wardens. Now we as sportsmen have the chance to put our money where our mouth is and thanks to Spotcon we have a way to support them.
Sportcon did a tremendous job on AB 1442 it will among other things allow the Department of Fish and Game to offer a “Warden’s Stamp,” generating funds for under-funded programs that help train and equip state wardens.
No Wear: The anglers I spoke with about this issue find having to wear their licenses inconvenient. When the wind picks up the license whips about and generally gets in the way. It can also be forgotten when taking off a jacket or changing shirts, opening up the possibility of being cited for noncompliance.
We won, we set out launched a campaign aimed at rescinding the California Department of Fish and Game mandate that fishing licenses be worn and visible at all times when fishing, and we won.
Thanks to the great work or Sportcon Effective March 1, 2010, fishermen can leave it in their wallet, the possession of a fishing license is required but the clearly visible display will no longer be an issue.
We need more TV like shows about recreational fishing historically start and end with the words “Nice Fish” uttered with the requisite southern drawl. “Reel World Conservation” has attempted a different approach and while maybe not quite as “stylish” as other outdoors shows, will try to deal with what it takes to ensure that there continue to be both “nice fish” and “nice fishermen” around for a long time to come. I would love to see more.