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This is a informal survey that I want to conduct. Answer these three questions.

1. Are you happy with the Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Development Program ( Saltwater License Fund) and the Recreational Fishing Advisory Board?
2. If you were from out of state would you still buy a license even if was more expensive than the resident license?
3. If Virginia did not have a license, would you support legislation to charge a license fee.

Thanks for your help.
Cory
 

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I am not real learned on the development program, so i have no answer for #1.

I was, last summer, from out of state and yes, did buy a license and didn't think twice about it. It was remarkably cheap.

Yes, I would support leg. to charge a license fee.

Todd.
 

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1. yes as long as the money stays out of the general fund.
2. yes as long as the fee is not too high
3. yes
 

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Too much government

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NO
NO


Throwing money at a situation, that has already been funded, repeatedly, is not, and will never be, the answer.

We'd ALL love to see improvements.

But 50 years of increasingly greater and greater expenditures, and more and more legislation.

Has yielded NOTHING BUT NEGATIVE RESULTS !!!

Chasing the casual, vacationing tourist, away from sport fishing, with nuisance taxes, will only harm sport fishing.

Handing the government more funds, and hoping they might be used effectively, is a Foolish Dream.

Creating a climate, that encourages neophytes to try recreational fishing. Will do more to benefit ALL fishermen, than ANY amount of license fees.
 

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Smoothebore54 I think you should look at where the Va Saltwater funds have been spent before you spoke. I understand the push for small Gov. These projects are not all ready funded.
http://www.mrc.state.va.us/vsrfdf/index.htm
Check it out. pretty cool stuff.
As far as rates for Licences I $15 for a year would be my MAX (ours are $7.50 ayear or $5.00 for a week).
I'm pleased with what Va is doing with our funds so far. You have to watch politico's like a HAWK .
I will try and make the Meeting on Tuesday.
 

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Hey Cory...... Glad your posting here now 2

As for the questions at hand>>>>>
1) Shamefully, I'm not informed enough about this question to give a true answer......
2) Yes
3) Yes
Give us the 411 if you would on the poll?!

Thanx

Zigh
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1. I would like to see some of the money going into a hatchery and stocking program for speckled trout and drum. I pay $40 for a nonresident license in Texas and the fishing is great because thats what they do with it.
2. Yes
3. Yes
 

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Go to the site mentioned in the previous post to see what we have done. Or call me at 757-247-8155 for specific questions about the program.

New York is trying to get a saltwater license and wants to know how Virginians' accept the program. SO thats why I am running thie survey.

Cory Routh
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Too much government - Ditto!

I agree completely 100% with Smoothbore.

1. No

2. Qualified No (i.e. maybe)

3. Absolutely, positively NO!
 

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Of course they're not already funded.

They're a bunch of special interest projects, that benefit a few individuals. They don't qualify for State funding.

I'm sure every little burg would love to get the State to fund a project in thier area, that would enhance local revenues.

My point is that ever since August 9, 1950. With the enactment of the Federal Aid to Sport Fish Restoration Act (Better known as Dingell - Johnson) there has been a HIDDEN tax on fishing tackle and related equipment.

These funds are specifically earmarked for projects that benefit ALL fishermen.

For the past 53 YEARS those funds have been handed out to the State.

Now I'm not quite that old, but in my lifetime, I've seen nothing but declining fish stocks and deteriorating water quality.

I see some of the enthusiastic, young guys, posting glowing reports, about catching a couple of Croakers, or a 5 pound Bluefish. And it depresses me, to think that's all they have to look forward to.

If handing money to the Government was going to improve Sport Fishing, I think there should be some evidence by now.

Government is in the Business of talking about problems.

Every year, you pay a greater percentage of your income, to support the Government.

Every year, you surrender more freedoms.

Every year, creeping Socialism, get's a tighter grip on our society.

When the Government comes with yet another proposal, that will solve all your problems, and make the world a better place, for Mom and Apple Pie...............



Just Say NO !
 

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Smoothbore, Do you fish in VA?
 

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Yes,Yes&Yes. Smoothbore you seem to be very adamant about not wanting the government agencies to be the policeman for wildlife conservation &/or game & fisheries. But if they don't do it then who will??!! Surely you don't expect the commerial guys and us sport fishermen to police ourselves. The fish that swim the oceans would wind up like the buffalo.
 

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Put me down with the Gov't squad

NO
NO
NO

believe it or not it's not the people paying license fees who are breaking the laws--The majority of the people breaking the rules and regulations are the ones who don't have a license. And who's to say the money collected is going toward a project that I would support. I would gladly pay license fees if I knew the money was going towards the hireing of more Officers, but I don't want to pay fees so they can play around with Catfish up the river. (How much did they spend dumping all those catfish in the River anyway?)
 

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This is specific to the saltwater license, so no catfish spoken here. Seems that we are not getting enough information out to the public concerning where the saltwater recreational license money is going.
 

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THAT'S THE POINT

The catfish were dumped in the James River (upper portion) Just ask anyone who fished TCC at the beginning of the year. You could catch 20-30 catfish in a day at the College
 

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1. No
2. No (I am military so I get to slip through the cracks)
3. Yes, like everyone else says, only if the money was being used properly.
 

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1. No as others have said I am not sure where th money goes.
2. No, if it cost more.
3. Yes, with proper reporting on where th monies go.
 
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