CCA CAL has joined an effort and has begun to gather signatures for Assembly Bill 1387 in California, which would bring a true 365-day fishing license to the Golden State. This is a move that many states have already done, but has been repeatedly defeated in California in recent years.
Currently in California, the licensing system is calendar-based. According to Rob Southwick and Associates, a national marketing and economics firm which analyses fishing license sales throughout the country, states that offer a 365-day license are outperforming revenue of states that only offer a calendar-based license.
AB 1387, sponsored by the California Sportfishing League (CSL), is co-authored by Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and a bipartisan group of 12 other legislators.
Key features of Assembly Bill 1387:
— Replaces California’s current calendar-based system for a fishing license that is valid a full 12 months (365 days) from the date of purchase. There will be no increase in the fee charged for the 365-day license (same as calendar license).
— Requires the CDFW to create an app where anglers can display sport fishing and hunting licenses on mobile devices. Several states offer mobile phone apps that provide anglers information on fishing locations, regulations, fish stocking schedules, campground reservations and more.
— Allows anglers to sign up for automatic license renewals.
Anglers can support AB 1387 by signing this online petition.