Growing the Sport of Fishing: Time for a National Strategic Outreach Plan

Everybody has an opinion why fishing license sales have declined from 1990-1995 and most are quick to identify the cause and offer recommendations on how to stimulate interest in sportfishing. Unfortunately, most of these views are based on limited local experience and narrow perspectives. The sportfishing community needs a national strategic outreach plan prepared by a cross-section of stakeholders. The plan should examine the trend of fishing license sales, reasons for angler desertion, projections, and opportunities for angler recruitment. It should also develop objectives and strategies for increasing angling participation. A proposal is provided identifying how this plan can be achieved.

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