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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fishing License Sales Hit Five-Year High

Fishing License Sales Hit Five-Year High

Harrisburg, PA – The number of Pennsylvania fishing licenses sold through September 13 – 871,499 – has already eclipsed the total yearly sales for each of the last four years and represents the largest one-year percentage increase since 1980, according to sales figures from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

“Fishing license sales are up 5 percent and overall stamp sales are up 4.36 percent over the same period from 2008, reinforcing thinking by many that people have returned to fishing as an affordable, family-oriented activity,” said PFBC Executive Director Douglas Austen. “The commission is also finishing the second year of a multi-year direct marketing campaign in cooperation with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. We believe these efforts aimed at lapsed anglers have also had a positive impact on licenses sales.”

Among license types, resident license sales are up 5.47 percent; non-resident sales are up 3.41 percent; 7-day tourist licenses are up 1.55 percent; and 3-day tourist licenses are up 3.61 percent. Among stamps, trout permits are up 3.79 percent; Lake Erie permits are up 3.18 percent; and Combo permits are up by almost 8 percent. The good news also extends to boating, where registration renewals are up by approximately 5 percent from the same period in 2008.

This year’s sales are the highest since 2004, when more than 909,000 licenses were sold. In 2005, the cost of a license increased from $16.25 to $21 and sales for that year subsequently dropped to 823,175.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

well nobodys working you might as well be fishing

Anonymous said...

So where are these fishermen hiding ?

Anonymous said...

NO WORK, NO MONEY, PAY TAXES, YOU HAVE TO EAT. WAIT UNTIL HUNTING SEASON I BET THEY WILL BE UP ALSO. OH THAT RIGHT NO DEER!!!!!!!THANKS TO DNCR.....

Anonymous said...

So that's why they've decided to stock less trout in our streams. Makes sense....this IS a government run organization.

Anonymous said...

Poster 6:37 - just what does DCNR have to do with the deer herd or lack of? You obviously do not know your subject matter or would realize that is not the case!

Anonymous said...

The only ones to blame for the smaller deer herd are the individuals who are killing the deer!

Anonymous said...

um they all drove to Erie dumbys

Anonymous said...

It’s time for you who what to fish this coming spring to wake up..
The PF&BC are going to be stocking less keep able TROUT in Potter County.
They are all or a good share of them being placed near the cities to feed the poor.

Anonymous said...

I tried to get a fishing license this year....lol first time ever
I have been fishin sinse i was old enough to hold a pole I am 43 now.... but I was not able to obtain one because someone else used my ss #
and I was told this happens all the time
so guess what
I decided again this year not to purchase one
if I get caught I will just give them my ss# and that will be ok right?
someone is using it and they can't do anything about it
so.... neither can I
I figure I can do this with my hunting licence also
since I have never had one of those either
but I do love that venison...hehehehhehe