wholeheartedly hope that you reconsider your push for any kind of
fishing license implementation.
Growing up in
the wonderful state of Maine I spent uncountable days fishing
from the shore, jetties and in the marshes. As a child, it was an adventure
to ride my bicycle town to the town dock, jetty or beach and try my luck with
a line and a pole. Today as a grown man, it is still an adventure to drive my
truck down to the same places and get away from the everyday stresses of our
fast paced world.
I now live in
Florida due to serving in the military and am currently deployed
to to protect the freedoms we all have come to know, love and expect by
living in this great country. I am fighting for our freedoms daily and being
able to fish in without a license just happens to be on this list also.
I look forward
to the limited number of days that I can come back "home" to
and fish with my friends. Having to buy a license is going to
discourage me from doing that. Just think of the children that this will
affect. I remember going to the tackle stores when I was young and on a very
limited budget. I would try and stretch that budget as far as it would go to
fill my tackle box. Now children will have to cut their limited budget from
the get-go, just to get their license. This bill is definitely going to
discourage not only the children of , but all children and families that
I truly see the
effects that this will cause with lost revenue in sporting
good stores, restaurants, accommodations, fishing charters, gas stations, food
stores, shall I keep going...
Looking at this
bill from a cost/benefit side. I see that the cost, by far,
outweighs the benefits. The Representatives do just that, represent the
people. I hope that you hear how loud all the people are who are opposed to
this bill and make the right decisions.
I am proud to
say that I grew up in the Great State of Maine and am a true
believer in the motto "Maine, the way life should be". Now let’s keep it that
05/13/07 Mother’s Day
An Act to Create a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License, Legislative bill........... LD 1811.
I OBJECT – DO NOT VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS ACT
The sea is like the air we breathe and is there for all without FEE’S . . .
I was in today from for my wife and mother of my children to enjoy dinner at Lord’s in Wells.
I was concerned when I did not see the Gath III in Wells Harbor . Upon returning home I went to Captain Satch’s web site to see if all was OK. What I found was the legislative process working once again to create fees and take money for a resource that belongs to all!
I have been vacationing in Maine for the past 10 years and visit several times a year. My family and friends fish from the beach (catch and release) and from Captains Satch’s fleet. I have always been impressed by open public access to the beaches but discouraged by your sales tax . . .
I spend $10,000 to $12,000 a year in and if this Act to Create a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License is approved I will go back to vacationing in and fishing in Massachusetts . . .
I am sure you all have seen the price of fuel that we all have to contend with getting to . . . This burden will also impact the recreational fishing fleet and be passed on as well.
Myron P Waite
Please send this letter to the
Legislators...encouraging them to vote NO to the
recreational saltwater fishing license.
Visiting Maine and fishing go hand in hand for my
family and friends for many years .
Buying a license to fish off the pier is not only
discouraging fishing but also visiting Maine.
I believe many other Maine visitors from our area have
the same feelings as we do.
I urge you to vote NO .
From a long time vacationer and Fisherman from
Sandra and Jim Olmstead
I've only just discovered what its like to vacation inover the
last 5 or so years. In addition to just relaxing on the beaches or
doing some shopping, one of the things we enjoy most is the offshore and
deepsea fishing. We are your typical casual fisherman. Since we rarely
catch any keepers, whether off the piers or when we charter a boat with
Capt. Satch, why would we want to pay more just for the priviledge?
Instead, we'll hang on the beach another day. This bill, if passed, will
have a serious negative impact on the fishing business in . And
probably more important, it will have a negative impact on the overall
tourism dollars that states like ME are so dependant on. Dollars that
are spent in restaurants, shops, , toll booths, fish and tackle
shops even gas stations and liquor stores.
Have you really done the math on this one. Will the license help your
revenues that much? How about the business that are so dependant on
the fishing business? Be sure you calculate the losses before you start
counting the money.
I am a middle-aged man, born and raised in the ,
. I have been coming to as a camper,fisherman,
and hunter since I was a college student. My very best
friend Dennis McMahon (better known as Captain Satch)
was my room mate in college. He taught me everything I
know about living in a rural environment, respect for
nature and a love of the ocean. Fishing to me is the
life blood of . It has been a tradition since
colonial times to afford Maine's citizens free and
unfetterd access to its waters. For many of its poor
the sea was and continues to be a major source of
sustenance. To tax a persons right to fish in saltwater
is an outrage. To tell a father that he and his son
must pay $30 to $40 a year to fish off a pier or a
dock is a sacrilege.
The middle class city people who vacation here and
add untold millions to the states economy will choose
or to spend their tourist
dollars rather than pay the $30 per person,just to put
a pole in the water. The 5 or 6 million dollars that
may be raised by this outrageous tax will be dwarfed
by the 10's of millions lost when tourists choose to
spend their money elsewhere. To put it bluntly,this
proposed tax is a DUMB idea!
Dear Senators and Representatives,
My name is Frank Hughes. I am a resident of
, but a frequent visitor to the state of
Maine. My Sister Christine Burke and her husband Dr.
Jack Burke, however are residents of . They
reside in . My sister Christine Burke
is also a former legislator herself and currently does
some lobbying work with some of your members. I give
you this background so you realize that I have some
awareness of your budgetary concerns and some of your
reasoning as to why you want to start imposing
saltwater fishing licenses.
Having said that however I would respectfully request
that you reject Bill LD1811. For the past 7 years
myself and most recently my son have been fishing with
Captain Satch McMahon out of Wells Harbor Maine. We
fish with Captain Satch for many reasons, most
importantly his sense of a family atmosphere that
surrounds the whole experience. Captain Satch is able
to do this because he runs the business along with his
sons. While we have had our disappointments with the
number of fish we caught, we have never had a
disappointment with the experience. I am not a rich
man nor is my son. We save most of the year to enjoy
this experience together as a family, a thing which,
as he gets older, is more valuable to me than any
money I could ever make. By adding a license fee to
the amount of money it cost to take a trip fishing it
may not deter me from continuing to enjoy the coast of
Maine, but it may be the deciding factor for others.
People who look to experience saltwater fishing will
look at a number of other locations and decide
strictly upon cost as to where they will go. These are
people from other states, just as myself, who come to
not just to fish one day and leave, but who come
and stay in your hotels the night before, eat in your
restaurants either before or after their trip and
people who after having such a positive experience
fishing and traveling in your welcoming state will
come back to visit for other reasons. All of the
industries that support saltwater fishing in
will suffer from this measure. Also consider the fact
that Captains such as Captain Satch that give people
this life experience may have to consider absorbing
these cost themselves as a part of doing business. In
an industry such as theirs I know there is not much of
a profit margin built in to their business. This will
inevitably mean that some of their bu sinesses will
fail, this would be a tragedy, not only to the
businesses themselves but to their families.
In closing I ask you to please reconsider this bill.
It is clear to me that this fee could be a
short-termed fix to a small budgetary problem, but end
up becoming a long term loss for the Great State of
Boston Police Department
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Scott Charlton..Another family man teaching his kids the joy of the ocean !
I would like to join in the opposition to the
concept of a saltwater fishing license in this
My family struggles every day to make ends meet,
and we don't. Not even close. The cost of
living in this state is almost as high as
and the income is about 2/3rds and
yet the Maine legislature feels that we need to
be taxed at the highest in the nation.
But at least we have the most magnificiant coast
in the world. Where we can go and for a few
hours forget that we don't know if we can afford
to send our kids to college. That we can forget
that the next phone call may be a bill collector.
That we can get absorbed into the incredible
world that is fishing. That we can raise our
sons and daughters on the mystique that is the
Maine coast. That we can teach them that time
with one anther is all that is important. That
we can, for a few hours a week, have something
that is closest thing to heaven that many of us
And you want us to pay tax on it. Never mind the
INCREDIBLE injust on this tax. What, will you
somehow stock the ocean with Striped Bass? HA!
All of the money will go to administrate it, and
it will still cost the tax payers money! You
just don't get it, and you never will.
Please come to you senses. Please don't take
this time away from me and my kids. If I have to
pay license to fish the ocean, I will grimace
every time I go out. And it will take something
very special away from it.
This letter is a little odd for me to be writing. Up until 2 years ago, I had never been salt water fishing, and it had been about 30 years since I had done any fishing at all. However, my 8 year old son had started fishing at camp, and on his Grandfather's lake in MA. For his 9th birthday, we gave him a Striper trip, and he was hooked. He spent a large portion of the summer on the Wells Jetty drowning clams in search of more fish. Last summer when he pulled in a 36" Striper, he wasn't upset or sad that he need to let it go after getting a good picture. He fully understands the conservation reasons, and other than telling the fish he'd be back next year to get it when it grew up, he's never had any regrets. We've also had many good talks sitting on the jetty waiting for a bite.
With that as the context, lets think about the proposed Saltwater license bill. First, my wallet isn't bottomless, and adding the requirement to buy licenses for myself and kids may cause me to stop our beach and jetty fishing. This will ripple through to the local bait shops where we buy the clams to drown, and the other equipment that we use. Judging by other conversations at the bait shops, many of the other customers are also casual fishermen, many of who are on vacation there for the week, and the additional costs of licenses would discourage them from fishing at all. This will have a severe impact on the business at these stores. There are other businesses that will be similarly affected. Further, from our cottage in Wells, it would be easy to drive down to NH or MA to fish, and avoid the license requirements. So, the net effect of the salt water licenses will just be to negatively impact local businesses.
Secondly, the proposed uses for the license fees have little to do specifically with saltwater fishing. Enforcement of all marine laws and education, are important for everyone using the ocean, not just fishermen. Similarly, land acquisition benefits all people along the coast, not just people that choose to fish. If anything, the public access part is more important to the beach goers - maybe a beach tax is needed?
Finally, the State of Maine, along with it's towns need to rethink their attitude to tourism. Financially, tourists have finite resources, and think about how to maximize their enjoyment with these resources. The more taxes and fees that are levied against tourists will only encourage them to look elsewhere for their vacations. Many of the tourist towns look a the tourists and vacation home owners as nothing more than a large wallet. As much as I enjoy my summer cottage in Wells, I'm not sure that I would recommend the area to anyone because of the towns policies. Perhaps this is intentional on their part, but this, plus the proposed licenses, plus beach parking, plus…. means that when we come to town, we bring many of our groceries with us, and eat out very little, thus reducing the taxes the state collects. And I thoughttaxes were bad.
Mr. Ray Washburn, Vt. A conscientious 25 year veteran recreation salt water angler!
My name is Ray Washburn I live in Vermont and I enjoyed the freedom of fishing off the docks, jetty's and recreational Charter boats in Maine for 25 years. I come to Maine several times a year just for this purpose, sometimes just on the spur of the moment. I may just come up for the day because I enjoy having the freedom of just making a last minute decision to go and drop a line in the water and take in the beautiful Maine waters.
I have taken several young people with me to teach them the wonderful beauty and enjoyment I have been able to enjoy. The looks on their faces when they catch a fish is just an incredible sight. I hope these young people don't loose this freedom of just making a last minute decision to go enjoy an hour or so of fishing on the coast of Maine.
To all the Maine officials who think that (Salt Water Fishing License) is the right thing to do. I urge you to consider what brings people like my self to your wonderful state and that you would reconsider your position on this matter.
24 Catherine Drive
Capt.Rob Mirisola: Owner Seven Rivers Tackle shop..Wells me.
My name is robert mirisola i am a maine guide and owner of Seven
Bait and Tackle in Wells maine.
i wanted to voice my opinion on the thought of a salt water permit ..
as a salt water tackle shop owner in a town driven by tourist dollars i
only bad things coming from this new tax. many of my customers have
voiced strong opinions against any pay to fish tax.
they come here to from Mass NH Vermont Ct RI and other states. why come
to fish and pay if they can stay home and fish for free .. why not go
or the Cape . I dont think you all have thought this through , i think
are looking at it as a way to increase more state revenue in a state
we already pay the highest taxes in the US. and get very little in
from a tackle shop stand point i see many people that are here for a
two and after they have done the shopping
sat on the beach and had ice cream. they are looking for a new
.that experience is fishing !
its cheap its fun it involves the whole family . a Farther can bring
wife and kids fishing for the whole day for less than 20 bucks. Now in
the state to mandate a new tax on fun. now that same outing cost him 15
him 15 for the wife 15 for his 18 year old daughter 15 for his 16 year
son and the 20 for bait and tackle. now its a 80 dollar day . not
will pay 80 bucks to try fishing ! i think you are doing not just the
fisherman and his family an injustice but the shop owners the charter
owners the hotel owners and so on and on . the salt water season
all to short a mere 3 months , it cost plenty to live and work in this
why be the first state in to make it even harder. please
reconsider this new tax , at least for this year .put it to a vote for
people to decide . after all this is OUR state.
Master Guide Robert Mirisola.
Mr. Mike and Lesli Frechette, Ma. Yet another family seriously opposed to LD 1811
State of Maine lawmakers,
My family has vacationed on the coast of Maine every summer for the last 20 years. As part of our vacation we fish off the shore and take a deep-sea fishing trip each summer.
To force my family to buy a fishing license doesn’t make sense and would force us to give up our fishing. Ultimately we would then have to consider vacationing elsewhere. Please do not pass this law to require saltwater fishing licenses. I think that there are enough taxes and fees already, please do not add another one.
To Whom It May Concern:.
I am writing you to ask you to oppose the act to
create a saltwater
recreational fishing license in .
My husband Terry's parents brought him and his family
when they were kids and that was enough for him to
want to come back.
We started bring our 5 kids to when my oldest
was 7 and she went
out deep-sea fishing with Captain Satch who was the
mate then, this
summer she will be 21. The younger kids have grown up
summer in at first we could only bring them 3
days but now we
it a full week every summer and plan plenty of fishing
Also when my husband gets the chance he may take the
kids to fish off
the Jetty. My daughter brought her finance with her
last summer and he
went out for the first time ever and loved it. Yes we
and in general but with our family it's the
fishing that is what
brings us back to each summer.
It does get very costly for us as the family has grow
up expecting the
trip and some of the kids are old enough to go make
their own summer
plans but they prefer to come with the family to
. They love the
fishing so much that they even save some of their hard
earned money so
that they can pay for an extra trip themselves. And
knowing my kids
fishing in is a tradition that they will want to
their own kids someday.
Adding a fishing license fee would make it that much
to be able to afford their vacations in .
I am sure the State of Maine does not want to lose
present and future
fishing business, so please VOTE NO ON THIS BILL!!!
To Whom It May Concern:
As a lifelong visitor to the Maine Seacoast, I strongly
oppose the idea of requiring all anglers in Maine state waters to have
license. This bill will add a burden to residents and more
which I feel will negatively impact anyone who wishes to take part in
Tourists visiting the state who wish to go fishing will be turned away by the extra fees and logistics behind obtaining the license. The Charter fishing business will be negatively impacted by customers who do not wish to pay the extra fees, or who are turned away because of the confusion caused by this requirement.
In a time where the Charter fishing business is experiencing unprecedented pressure due to astronomical fuel prices, and ever increasing regulations regarding catch limits and fishery closures, I hope that you will reconsider supporting this bill and focus your efforts promoting tourism, not hindering it.
Quincy, MA 02171 USCG Lic. Capt. 100T
I have always been an avid fresh water-only fisherman
(lady) until this past year, when I started salt water
fishing. I have to say that I can understand and
willingly accept paying for a fresh water fishing
license; after all, you stock the lakes, rivers, pond,
etc. with beautiful fish for the fresh water
enthusiasts…you pay to have the lakes, etc. patrolled
so that all is aboveboard with fish counts, sizes,
licenses by the fish and game wardens. But I find it
extremely unjust to license salt water fishing. You
do not stock the oceans, nor do you patrol them for
fish counts, sizes, etc. in keeping with regulations.
So, why are you doing this? Do we need to have still
higher taxes in Maine?
Also, think about how this will trickle down from the
top…starting with the tourists who love coming to
for their vacations…to the fishing industry…to
charter boats…to restaurants….to tackle shops….and it
keeps on coming down…all the way to the working
people. Most people work hard all their lives to be
able to have some kind of pleasure in their lives…and
some can’t afford much. And shame on you if you are
really planning on taxing senior citizens! What will
these seniors do if you take away one of perhaps their
only free recreational activities? They would
probably have to stop. There will be many more
unemployed people than there all ready are in as
well. When finances are tight, people usually stop
their recreational activities first so they have
enough to make ends meet. Please think about how this
will hurt them. I think it will eventually hurt
everyone in the fishing industry, and the State of
Maine will lose in the end because people just can not
keep on paying. And what ever happened to the land of
the free? Is it free for only those who could afford
this fishing tax anyway? Speaking for myself, I can’t
afford to continue paying just for a little
God created the heavens and the earth, the rivers and
the oceans…not politicians. I believe this world was
meant for all of us to live in and to share…without
licenses and taxes on every little thing you can think
I have come to love Maine in the four short years I’ve
lived here…please don’t make me regret my decision in
having moved here.
Thank you for listening to my concerns…I’m sure I’m
not alone in expressing these concerns. I hope you
will all think and pray very hard before making your
final decision on this new tax. It will hurt so many
people and in turn will hurt the State of Maine.
Ms. Erin Allen; Single mom of an active little fisherman..
To whom it may concern,
I want everyone to think of our youth and the world
the way it has been and the way it has become. There
is so much violence and crime for kids get to get
into. I want everyone to think of the kids and young
adults who find peace in being able to go fishing at
the one place that is still free our ocean! All my
life I have heard from my elders that no man can ever
own water just the land around it! If this is true
then how can we in our right mind inforce laws over
something no one can own?
There are so many families that struggle in what
already small season compared to Florida [the only
other state with a salt water license) we have
good days during half the year compared to Florida
they have all year] to bring what is a favorite past
time to many around the world that come to MAINE for
vacation. What will happen to them when tourist decide
to go else where? How much money will the license's
bring in then? Yes, I understand that the tourist
wouldn't have to purchase a license if they go on a
charter boat that has a charter license but will what
we have left be enough for charter companies to stay in
business. It's not like Maine doesn't have strictly
enforced rules regarding striper fishing, we are allowed
to keep one, but most people don't. We fish off the
docks and the jettys to relax think and teach our
children. Do we not pay you enough or would you like us
to hand our paychecks completely over to you?
Before you all go rushing off to think about charging
us to fish our ocean I want you all to remember who
this new law will hurt. EVERYONE IN THE STATE OF
MAINE will be greatly hurt, from the many people who
make there living taking people fishing to the ones
who make the beds for our guests that stay in hotels,
or the people who keep our campgrounds clean and ready
to show our guests a great adventure in MAINE. Even the image of
our state itself, sure making a fishing license will
bring money or will it cause more of our people to
leave looking for somewhere else to take their
business where there isn't a requirement for a
In the end I want all of you to honestly answer the one
question. I will be happy to get one person to answer
me. IS IT WORTH TAKING A CHANCE TO CHARGE TO FISH OR
ARE WE TAKING A CHANCE THAT IN THE END WE ALL WILL
Best wishes to all
Erin M. Allen
p.s. PLEASE THINK OF EVERYONE HERE IN MAINE AND ALL
THOSE WHO MAKE US VACATIONLAND. This is still America
the land of the FREE!!!
To Whom It May Concern:
I have been vacationing in Wells ME since 1979
Starting with my parents going to wells in the early 70's and bringing
kids, we made it a tradition to go out deep sea fishing and I have been
going deep sea fishing ever since
I am 28 and now bring my 4 children to Wells also (and once a bit
will go fishing too)
Now at 28 and having a successful construction company based out of MA
have a company deep sea fishing trip every year and our employees love
If you are to institute state licensing for recreational fishing I would not be
to bring my kids or my employees (and I doubt that the employees or my
would be able to afford licenses)
I think it is a very bad idea to instate Salt Water Licenses
Please consider this when voting on this article
Porter; Avid fisherman and lover of the sea ..
Dear Marine Resources Committee:
A couple months back I read an article in the local newspaper regarding As a young boy my father took me flounder fishing in and as he said the “fish are always bigger and the fog is always thicker”. It was never about the fish but about the lure of the ocean and the happiness of a simpler time. Each year there are new regulations limiting the size and number of fish you can keep and our season is only three months long. In that short period we try to create as many positive, family moments wetting a line, chasing the blitz for a bluefish, or looking to put a few groundfish in the freezer. If the tourists do not come, revenues will continue to fall, and more taxes will result – that is a fact. In my 51 years of life I have been blessed with common sense and a love of the ocean. You have a decision to make and please make the correct one – squash this proposed legislation and allow us and future generations to enjoy this great resource. ’s proposal to pass legislation requiring a salt water fishing license. My initial thought was “there they go again, create another tax to cover their lack of a sales tax”, and what a foolish idea it was. I was not surprised to hear that now without due process or thought wants to beat them to the punch. We do not live in an affluent state and have the highest taxes in the nation with one of the smallest populations. I drive past our Vacationland sign daily and am reminded that tourism is the number one economic factor in this great state. It is obvious to anyone reading the proposed legislation that it is ill conceived with little rational thought. Our state is struggling just as our charter boat and citizens are each day and there are no easy solutions. Your jobs are difficult and you are often tugged in different directions by those with special interests. The special interest we all share is the ocean and the bounty it shares with us. If it were possible to ask each of the millions of in-state and out-of-state visitors that come each year about what salt water fishing means to them, they would all have a special story. Each would be against the tax as they would have to decide gas, food, lodging, groceries, and now a fishing license for the ocean. They have other choices in other states and I believe we would be very unhappy with those they would make.
Captain Bill Hall Jr. and his wife Sharon; Lake George, NY
We are sending this e-mail to oppose the State of Maine salt water fishing license. Every year for the last 20 years, we have rented a beach house for 2 weeks in. The reasons we began doing this was because we love the ocean and the beauty that we find in . We now are a family of 12, 8 of whom are fishermen. Over the years the cost of our vacation has risen. This license fee would be yet another expense that as retired people, on a fixed income, would make it difficult for us to continue giving our grandchildren the joy of a vacation in . We have many, many pictures of the fun our children and grandchildren have had catching fish right on the beach. Please rethink this license fee. Fishing is and should continue to be a fun, free activity.
William and Sharon Hall
Gentlemen & Ladies,
I was getting ready to plan my yearly jaunt to your
great State to go fishing with my Lifelong Buddy,
Captain Satch when he told me of this NEW PROPOSED
LEVY & ANNOYANCE!!
WOW!!! WHAT A SHOCK - ANOTHER BUREAUCRAT WITH ANOTHER
DISINGENOUS PROPOSAL TO FLEECE THE GENERAL PUBLIC!!
HEAVENS TO BETSY, IMAGINE MY SURPRISE??!
I belief THE STATE OF MAINE IS IN THE TOP THREE OF
HIGHEST TAXED STATES IN UNION?? GOING FOR THE NUMERO
UNO SPOT - ARE WE??
Seriously, why do you people feel the need to tax
every & all recreational outlets? You were voted into
office to be " SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE " not to make
the general populace servants of the State!!
Do the right thing & WITHDRAW THIS PROPOSAL!!
I was contacted today by an organization of fellow
boat captains from Perkins Cove concerning a very bad
possible legislative decision. I was told that
members of the legislature want to impose an out of
state license fee for salt water fishing. This would
model the one they have in . Well, this sure isn't
To add on another fee for people coming to the state
is ludicrous and bad for our own business base.
Charter boat Captains are dependent on a very short
season, unlike Florida, and to impose a $30.00 for all
people from out of state would be not cost effective.
Most people who go out on charters are only going out
once. Add the price of a rediculous feee and they
will be out of business. Then one more aspect of the
working coast will be gone and the rich people who own
99% of the coast now will have even more to their
The amount of people buying such licenses will only
expand the need for more law enforcement and you what
that means. The family who is paying upwards of $1500
a week to saty heree will now be further taxed. This
is not good business in any single scheme of things.
Charterboat Captains have to pay initial start up
costs that are huge as it is. Driving their costs
further up is just nuts. There are guys who have been
in this business for generations. Now we are going to
punish them. I don't know any of them that are rich
and famous, but all of them put a very hard day of
work in just as their fathers did before them.
Please don't support this piece of legislation.
licensed Master at 50 ton
Representatives, State of Maine;
I recently became aware of pending legislation
relative to licensing saltwater fishing in the State
of Maine. I find this troubling, since only two or so
other states in the country charge for this
recreational activity. For many years my wife, my two
daughters, and I have traveled and vacationed in
each and every summer. These wonderful times were the
impetus to our purchasing a seasonal residence in
Wells. Maine is a great family vacation destination,
aptly named “Vacationland”. Maine’s economy is fueled
by tourism. Restaurants, fishing charters, antique
shops, gift stores, and the hotel industry, etc. are
blessed to have travelers and vacationers willing to
spend hard earned money to support their businesses.
Those same vacationing families should be able to
enjoy a little fishing from a pier, dock, shoreline,
or jetty while on their yearly vacation get-away
without being assessed a license fee. In these times,
when the economy is uncertain, fuel prices are high
and money is tight, more careful consideration should
be given to attracting tourism, not turning it away.
Please remember, families have choices. They may
choose to vacation elsewhere. Dollars that are
expected to be raised through this revenue stream will
be lost many times over by those choosing to vacation
at other states in the coming years. Please
carefully consider all sides of this argument when
casting your vote for or against “Saltwater
Recreational Fishing License” / Legislative Bill
Kevin R. Wood
We live in , but my family has vacationed one or two weeks along the coast in southern Maine every year for more than 20 years. For the last 15+ years, all of our trips have involved salt water fishing; from charter boats, off the breakwaters, and from the beach. We also make several weekend trips to each year specifically so our sons can bring friends and go salt water fishing. The extra expense, the need to find an open licensing agent, and the time/paperwork involved to buy salt water fishing licenses for both ourselves and the variety of friends that my sons invite would provide an enormous incentive to vacation in a different state. If the legislation is enacted, the state of Maine won’t gain any salt water licensing revenue from us – and it will lose the revenue related to our accommodations, meals, and purchases.
I would also like to point out that the terms for the charter boat licensing fees in the proposed legislation are not clear. The wording does not specify whether the charter licenses are annual per boat, annual per boat per person (based on capacity), per trip, or per trip per person (based on capacity). That should be clarified as soon as possible.
Thank you kindly.Linda D. Mier
Jay Kennedy; Fishing Photograper!
In response to your primary reasoning for the passage
of your Bill LD 1811. Your understanding that under
the Mangnussen Stevens act, President Bush has signed
legislation that requires a federal fishing permit for
EVERYONE by the year 2011.
As a state representative of the people of , I
don't think a fisherman like myself should have to
remind you that we will be voting for a new president
in 2008.I don't believe we should be taxing the
citizens of and our very valued and welcomed
tourists for a proposed action that will most probably
be reversed before 2009. If not,I personally know and
have worked with Rep/ possibly Sen Tom Allen and Sen
Olympia Snow on various important fishery issues in
the past. I can assure you we will work hard together
to reverse it by 2011.
You may not be aware that as Registered and
federally licensed vessels all my charter boats are
already required to get all federal fisheries permits
and renew them each season. We have to report the
number of fisherman on each and every trip.Every
single fish of every species caught and or released,
how many lines each person has in the water and for
how many minutes each trip. This required a great deal
of time and effort, but the main point is that THE
FEDERAL PERMITS DO NOT COST ME A PENNY except for the
stamps to mail them every day.In the fishing industry
all federal permits are always and in every instance
fairer and less costly than all the State of Maine
permits that are already required. IE: Maine Guides
license every three years, lobster licenses annually,
boat registrations and over the road permits annually.
Please take another hard look at this unnecessary
and onerous legislation,it is primarily just another
high tax directed at hard working families,your really
fixing to hurt our states tourist industry,our guests
feelings and the financial interests of our state.
This includes the
and"fly fishing" kayaking enthusiasts, and all retail
sport fishing shops including LL Bean and Kittery
trading Post and all the little shops that our fishing
guests spend so much money with in order to fish and
vacation with us each season. We've worked so hard to
build their trust. The lost sales of gear,meals
overnight stays, even large sale items like boats and
motors will multiply into a very large lost state
sales,food and service tax revenues, as well as
directly cutting into "the just making it income" that
so many small Maine family businesses like my own
depend on when our guests return.
Mr. Bruce Joule at Maine Marine resources in Boothbay
has the numbers.. Its over 150K anglers per year.I've
been in this business for over 20 years and I can
assure you that 25 to 40 percent of these folks will
no longer be able to afford to, or will not be able to
justify casting a line if this legislation passes.The
freedom to saltwater fish is really important to them.
If you have access to a seaside community ask the
local folks around the docks how they feel about this.
I would estimate that in future years 10 to 12 percent
will choose to vacation in other New England states
that have demonstrated a little more foresight and
empathy in this regard.
But most importantly,more so than money to me... you
have placed our simple freedom to saltwater fish in
jeopardy, a right that our forefathers earned and have
enjoyed in since the Boston Tea party.
Again ask some of the old codgers on the dock.
And in the name of more false security or
regulation your bill will undercut the freedom of our
the next generation. So many of our nations Coast
Guard and Navy Captains come from and as I can
vogue for, it all starts with their love of the sea
and their freedom to cast a line with their Grampas
off our coast in their early years.
Please reread, 17 year old "Bangor High school
Senior's" MR.Greg Perkins letter, he has been working
towards his captains license since his formative
years, and has taken the time and courage to write to
you "his representative". It gives me great hope for
The kids can't SAFELY cast a line off our coast
without their dad, moms or gramps taking or watching
them.The legislation even proposes to tax 70 + year
old folks who are from out of state.Shame,Shame!
Please don't let your pride as an original sponsor of
this bill stand in the way of these kids,the seniors
and all our good hard working folks. I only hope you
will represent the wishes of Maines people and our
guests who love the outdoor freedoms that has
always offered to them in the past.
I have dedicated my adult life to promoting saltwater
fishing to children and families coming to and I
can not in good conscience sit idly by and let this
Sincerely, your friend
Captain Satch McMahon.
Capt Walt Gibson, Master Maine Guide; New England Charters Saco Me.
There is a An Act To Create a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License,
Legislative bill; LD 1811 which I strongly oppose and ask that you vote
On the surface this legation may appear to generate revenue for the
Maine. The reality of it is that it will only cost the citizens and
Taxpayers of . The enactment of a recreational Saltwater Fishing
license will discourage people from participating in a healthy outdoor
activity that attracts the entire family. needs to encourage
vacationers by offering activities for families. Many people only fish
times a year and if impediments like licenses are enacted they will
other outlets in other states to spend their discretionary income.
Saltwater Fishing offers an activity for Youth to learn about the
enviourment in a healthy non destructive way. With all of the
Angling has one of the highest levels of participation of any sportor
leisure activity in thewith nearly 4 million participants. The Stete
enable efforts to increase participation of all groups, with priorities
these areas; not hinder them.
Fishing is one of the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in the
(Cordell et al.
1999). Estimates of the rate of participation and number of persons 16
and older participating
range from 17% or 35.2 million to 29% or 57.9 million (USDOI and USDOC
Cordell et al.
1999). Reasons for the popularity of fishing vis-àvis other outdoor
activities include its relatively
low cost and lack of physical demands.
Angling is an activity which can generate both long term engagement,
many committing to the sport for life and one which can lead to many
areas of interest and skill development.
It is also an activity which can be very attractive to young people
some traditional routes to participation have declined
Angling offers considerable potential as a diversionary and
activity for young people. However, it is one which, until recently,
received little attention from policy makers, government departments or
social agencies and it has been to date largely excluded from debates
the sport and social inclusion agendas.
Recreational fishing is an activity which, if delivered properly in a
developmental approach, can offer something new and different as an
engagement activity to other, more mainstream sports.
The need to remain quiet and concentrated, but with moments of extreme
excitement, allows a number of benefits in the context of youth
work, including opportunities for relationship building that do not
the same way.
A less hi-octane activity than, for example, football
An activity which is an individual pursuit but one which also offers
An activity which often takes place out of normal, urban environments,
also one which offers specific potential for rural communities.
A means of engaging young people often when traditional means of
Fishing is a learning process that involves problem solving, acquiring
skills, and the development of other interests. As such it can act as a
gateway to ongoing personal development beyond a simplistic
The potential of angling as an engagement activity is only fully
within a developmental approach which can lead to a building of
relationships and broadening of young peoples horizons.
allows those who have acquired skills and knowledge to share expertise
including in informal ways. This creates opportunities for relationship
building, skills development and peer mentoring.
Fishing is an important alternative to destructive behavior by youth
to crime,drugs and ultimate cost to society.
There are many other economic impacts that will be affected if a
licence is inacted: You can be sure that the many business will loose
which ultimatly means higher unemployment and lower tax revenues for
The two most recent surveys indicate that out-of-state visitors
for 12% and 11% of the days fished in the (USDOI and
In addition to being an outdoor recreation activity for residents in
can also be considered a form of tourism when anglers cross state lines
Efforts are underway in each state to promote tourism, including
in the name of economic development.
Tourism is big business The tourism industry accounted for
8% of the world’s gross domestic product and about 9% of the
employment in 1998 (World Travel Organization 1998). Tourism is the
third largest retail industry (behind automotive and food) in the
, generating an estimated $502 billion inexpenditures in 1997.
is either the first,
second, or third largest employer in 32 states.Spending by domestic and
generated about $72 billion in tax revenues for federal,state, and
governments in 1997. In 1997,
Americans took nearly 1.3 billion person-trips (oneperson traveling
miles one way, away from
home), an increase of 8% over 1996 (Travel Industry of America 2000).
Sectors of the tourism business include: transportation (planes,
automobiles, trains, buses, cruise
ships, charter boats, etc.), accommodations (hotels, motels, bed and
breakfasts, campgrounds, lodges,
etc.), attractions (quality fishing, beaches, state and national parks
forests, theme parks, festivals,
etc.), food & beverages (restaurants, bars, fast-food outlets,
stores, etc.) typically located on
the way to or in tourist destination areas, specialty retail outlets
(T-shirts, souvenirs, fishing tackle and
bait supply, camp supply stores, etc.) and information sectors (visitor
welcome centers, web
pages, travel guidebooks, promotion advertising, maps, local brochures,
Lets all Vote against this Saltwater lice and keep "Maine the way Life
Should Be." Dont drive the tourist and their money away.
Capt Walt Gibson, Master Maine Guide
P.O. Box 1585
Good Day to All,
I am writing this letter to all of you to voice my concern about the
pending action that may happen. I have been one with the sea for a
now, being a person who works on the ocean and also comes to the ocean
for refuge, escape, for fun and to wish, think and dream. The job I
hold during the non summer months is a teaching position at a local
school. I see the kids at my school go through a lot of stress and have
no way to release their energy. They need a place to go where they can
just throw a line in sit down and enjoy life without any worries. A
place to sit and think and dream and escape realities like I do. If we
take this right of passage away from them they will have no way to
release their frustrations...they will lose an area of neutrality,
tranquility and rest. We can not take this from our kids...this is
freedom and we have no right to start charging people for the pure
luxuries of life. THE CHILDREN OF TODAY ARE THE SHINING STARS OF
TOMORROW AND BEYOND!
High School Teacher
MSAD # 60
M.A.T. in Secondary Education
Ms Elizabeth Kivlehan: Now a junior at New England Univ,began fishing with us a a child..
To whomever it may concern,
Every single summer throughout my entire life my family and I have
been vacationing in the town of . My favorite thing to do is
fish off the jetty’s and beaches in Drakes Island. It now reminds me
of my favorite memories of childhood. Around the age of twelve, I
started going on Captain Satch & Son’s Deep Sea Fishing vessels. I have
incredible pictures and memories from every summer going fishing with
them, who later became best friends.
If this terrible act gets passed not only will my childhood memories
be ruined for me, but also for my future children, nieces, and nephews.
The tourism economy in the State of Maine will change forever. I
currently am a full time undergraduate student at the University of New
England. I also work at one of the gorgeous resorts on the water, and answer
several tourists’ questions about the best local places to go for fun
family fishing or even a nice relaxing morning fish. When you go on
vacation you do not want to spend extra outrageous fees for excursions or
even simple fishing of one of your favorite beaches.
I and the rest of the non-resident Tourists will be dreadfully
disappointed if something so disheartening goes through.
Elizabeth V. Kivlehan
Mrs.Irene Hlib; One of our first Golden supporters
To Whom It May Concern: