Ebt Card Restrictions And Saltwater Fishing License Hike Await Gov. Jindal’s Signature | Wgno

Making sense of the Magnuson-Stevens Act | Boating Industry

Jeff Angers of the Center for Coastal Conservation

With their help, we have accomplished new achievements for the people of Louisiana. One of new legislation awaiting Gov. Jindals signature is a bill that would limit where welfare recipients can use federal money. Under the new law people with Louisiana Purchase Cards (Louisiana EBT) would no longer be allowed to use those funds at lingerie shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors and any business with an age restriction of 18 or older. HB 1176 tightens guidelines on state legislation passed in 2013, which banned the use of EBT cards for alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets. Another bill, on the governors desk will raise the cost of a saltwater fishing license from $5.50 to $13. Original news source http://wgno.com/2014/06/03/ebt-card-restrictions-and-saltwater-fishing-license-hike-await-gov-jindals-signature/

License free fishing days announced – Outdoors – The News Herald

We have some of the best rivers, lakes and streams for fishing in the country and we would love it if the non-fishing public would give it a try. Its fun and rewarding, said Bob Duncan, executive director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which manages freshwater fishing. The Marine Resources Commissions website at mrc.virginia.gov has information on Virginias recreational fishing size, season and creel limits. Freshwater catch regulations can be found at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website, http://www.HuntFishVA.com . Regulations can also be viewed on a cell phone or other mobile device by downloading the departments free Hunting and Fishing App at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/app/ . Game & Inland Fisheries recognizes trophy freshwater catches through the Virginia Angler Recognition Program. On average, anglers measure more than 6,000 trophy-size fish annually. Read more http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-fish-for-free-this-weekend-20140602,0,7217027.story

Fish for free without a license this weekend – vagazette.com

(Rich Landers) FISHING The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering current freshwater or saltwater fishing license holders the opportunity before July 20 to upgrade to a combination license for under$27. The upgrade will give those anglers all the fishing privileges of a combination license at the cost they would .. [read more] have paid if they had purchased one in the first place, said Bill Joplin, WDFW licensingmanager. Freshwater fishing license holders can purchase an upgrade to a combination license for $26.75 and current saltwater fishing license holders can upgrade to a combination license for$26.20. By purchasing theupgrade: Current freshwater license holders will gain access to saltwater fish, shellfish andseaweed. Current saltwater license holderswill gain access to fishing in lakes and rivers as summer draws near, as well as opportunities for shellfish andseaweed. Here are a few of the exciting fishing opportunities the WDFW is spotlightingthisyear: Salmon 2014 is shaping up as the year for salmon, with a forecasted return of more than 1.6 million Columbia River chinook salmon returning this fall which would be the largest since record keeping began in 1938. The ocean abundance of Columbia River coho salmon is also forecast to be about 964,000 fish three times as many fish as last year’s actual abundance. And, summer and fall chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound are expected to total nearly 283,000fish. For more information http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2014/may/30/state-offers-fishing-license-upgrade-deal/

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He added that, while it may sound simple, reaching a favorable conclusion is a complex process whose duration is measured in years, not months. Were still a long, long way in this process in my opinion were just starting this process, were a long way from it being finished, but were at a crucial moment. Even if this takes a whole other year to work itself out before we actually see legitimate bills going before the full House for their approval, and the same in the Senate. We may be a year, we may be a year and a half, we may be almost two years away from these bills getting to the point where were close to seeing something passed by the President this is a crucial time for us to be involved. With many interests at the table, from environmental groups, boat builders and to large commercial fishing operations, Gabriel said its vitally important that the community is at the table and heavily engaged. He feels recreational and boating concerns have done a much better job in recent years of getting the attention of public policymakers. If youre not sitting at the table, youre on top of the table being eaten, he said. Original source http://www.boatingindustry.com/news/2014/06/09/making-sense-of-the-magnuson-stevens-act/

The Spokesman-Review: State offers fishing license upgrade deal

Cutthroat trout caught by an angler fly fishing on the Yakima River. (Rich Landers)

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundations http://www.TakeMeFishing.org website is a place to learn about events sponsored by businesses and communities during National Fishing and Boating Week, as well as locating fishing sites, identifying recreational species and finding fishing tips. In conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week and FWCs license-free event is the first-ever KeepAmericaFishing Day on June 7. The first Saturday in September (Sept. 6, 2014) and the first Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29, 2014) have also been designated license-free saltwater fishing days, and the first Saturday and Sunday in April (April 4-5, 2015) have been designated a license-free freshwater fishing weekend. Original website http://www.newsherald.com/outdoors/license-free-fishing-days-announced-1.328679

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