Protect California Sportfishing and Jobs! While California’s abundant natural resources have made California an international destination for outdoor recreation and tourism, the State is experiencing the lowest fishing participation rate in the Country, even as its population of 37 million grows!
Regulations Threaten Access and Affordability! Access to California’s 4,000 lakes, 20,000 ponds, 800 miles of coastline, and thousands of miles more of streams has never been more limited. l l l l l
MLPA closed 850 sq. miles of coastline Elimination of high Sierra fishing Unlawful municipal ordinances that limit gear and manner of take Onerous fish stocking regulations Potential ban on fishing gear
Since 1980, fishing licenses have declined by over 55%, while California’s population increased by nearly 60%.
Regulations Threaten Jobs! As participation declines, recreational fishing’s $4.9 billion annual contribution to California’s economy will, too. California depends on fishing to support its outdoor tourism and hospitality industry, retail, boating, manufacturing, aquaculture and more!
The Need to Protect Recreational Fishing Has Never Been Greater! CSL is not a fishing club, but an association of businesses and fishing organizations devoted to protecting access to recreational fishing. Its professional and seasoned team is located in California’s capital to serve as a government watchdog, to influence the outcome of public policy, including, but not limited to: l l l
Growing political engagement through grassroots and social media campaigns Exerting political influence by engaging fishing clubs, employers and business organizations Educating the public, media and policy makers on the importance of protecting sportfishing
David Dickerson, Board President: The director of state government relations at National Marine Manufacturers Association, David brings years of experience lobbying state governments and building grassroots support for recreational boating and fishing issues. Prior to joining NMMA 12 years ago, he was a Congressional press secretary, newspaper reporter and communications executive.
Marko Mlikotin, Executive Director: President of River City Communications, a full-service public affairs and communications firm that has extensive experience with political, grass roots and social media campaigns. Mlikotin also has extensive public policy experience having served a California Governor and Member of Congress.
The California Sportfishing League (CSL) has established itself as a leading recreational fishing organization with policy makers and the media, and has over 12,000 Facebook fans! To see how CSL is giving anglers a voice in the political process, visit www. sportfishingconservation.org, like us at facebook.com/CASportfishingLeague or follow us @CASportfishing.
George Osborn, Advocate: Principal of Osborn Strategies, a lobbying firm based in Sacramento. A lobbyist for over 20 years, George has represented a number of angler and outdoor recreation organizations before the Legislature and State Agencies.
California needs a strong and unified voice to protect recreational fishing and jobs.