Fishing licenses have become a bit of a fashion accessory for the state, with many anglers opting to use their licenses to lure their prized fish to the beach or the fish market.
But one Alabama fishing rights group wants the state to take the next step and make sure the licenses aren’t just for the wealthy.
The Alabama Fishermen’s Alliance, a nonprofit organization, has been lobbying state officials to make sure fishing licenses aren, in fact, for those who are actually angling and catching fish.
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The ALF said in a statement that the new legislation would make it easier for anglers to find licenses in the state and ensure that fishing was legal.
The new legislation also would require anglers who have fishing licenses to obtain the licenses online.
The ALF also said it would require licenses to be displayed on boats in the waters around the state if the vessel has been inspected.
“There are a lot of good reasons why anglers and anglers’ groups want the licenses to come off the books,” the group said in the statement.
“The state has done a great job of protecting the fishing industry from the scourge of wildlife crime and illegal fishing in the past few years.
But anglers say the new licenses are simply another way for the industry to profit from the lure of a big, blue license that can cost as much as $100K.
And some fishing rights groups are worried that the license could be used to justify discrimination against anglers.
According to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, about 30 percent of all licenses issued in the United States are for fishing or hunting.
It found that in 2012, about 6,000 people were arrested for violating fishing licenses.
Last year, the ALF was forced to pull the controversial video of a man being thrown into the Gulf of Mexico after he caught a rainbow trout with his fishing license on his back.