Governor Charlie Crist signed CS/SB 1742 into law and repealed the resident shoreline exemption from the Florida Saltwater Fishing License. The shoreline exemption repeal was a top legislative priority for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and CCA Florida. With help from Senator Lee Constantine (R-Altamonte Springs), Senator Carey Baker (R-Eustis), and Representative Baxter Troutman (R-Winter Haven), the bill was carried through the Florida Legislature and placed on the Governors desk.
â€œThe repeal means that shoreline anglers capable of buying a license will now be contributing to marine fisheries conservation,â€ said Bill Bird, CCA Florida Chairman. â€œMost importantly the license amendment will save Florida anglers from having to pay 20 million dollars in additional federal angler registration fees.â€
Starting in 2010, The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) requires all anglers fishing in federal waters or for anadromous species to obtain a federal registration. The fee charged is anticipated to fall between $15 and $25 per angler, is authorized to commence in 2011, and will be deposited into the National Treasury. A provision in the MSA exempts states that have an adequate saltwater licensing system. The shoreline exemption, which kept Floridas licensing system from being qualified for the federal angler registry, has now been removed.
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1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Mosquito Lagoon and Merritt Island area is one of the premier fishing destinations in Floridas six billion dollar saltwater recreational fishery. Floridas fishery is the largest in the U.S., and twice the value of the second largest state. It is one of the major economic engines driving Floridas tourist economy.
NASA is proposing to develop a commercial space launch facility. NASA consultants have identified two 200 acre alternatives. One of the alternatives is right on the southwest shoreline of Mosquito Lagoon. Major objections to both areas were voiced by a large turn out of saltwater anglers, hikers, bird watchers and other conservationists at recent public hearings.