I saw the thread in the Striper Room about the striper license. And thought I would post here. I did get some valid and straight info last week at my Cape Cod Canal Sportsman's Club meeting.
The Salt Water license is coming to the Commonwealth. It is a Federal Mandate. It will be a license issued by Massachusetts.
This is a Federal order due to a provision found in the Magnuson-Stevens Act
. By a certain date each state must have a plan in place to institute a permitting process or the federal government will. And the Federal Government will keep all monies collected in the issuance of these federal permits.
The idea is that at least the Commonwealth can keep the money here.
The details are being ironed out as to cost of the Mass license, and how those monies will be assigned to agencies, policing, and other details.
While I paraphrase the report, I tell you, it is coming. It is supported at the state level by many organizations, in part, to keep the money here. It is being thought of in the same vein as the Migratory bird stamp, etc.
I raised the issue of conflict with Fishing, fowling and navigation. It is not a way to fight it. Nor will it affect access.
Action, debate, and input are being solicited from sportsmen on all levels. If you belong to a club, find out what input you may have.
I can't stress enough. IT IS COMING. THERE ARE FEW DETAILS. There is no fighting it, only making it fair, and less painful.
Get active, if you are not already.