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Bill from Reps. Fowle and Nadeau to promote sport fishing

moves closer to passage

 

AUGUSTA – Out-of-state parents could have some extra incentive to bring along their kids on their next Maine vacation after a bill sponsored by Rep. Lori Fowle, D-Vassalboro, and Rep. Catherine Nadeau, D-Winslow, received unanimous support from the Maine House.

 

The measure raises the age of non-residents who can fish without a license from 12 to 16. Currently only Maine residents between 12 and 16 do not need a license.

 

“We should encourage more families to visit rural Maine, and providing an affordable opportunity to fish here is a big part of that,” Fowle said. “Visitors from away ought to have a positive experience here so that they keep coming back to Maine for years to come.”

 

According to the state’s tourism website, Maine has over 2,500 lakes 5,000 streams and almost 3,500 miles of shoreline. The overall economic impact of tourists who come to Maine in order to fish, hunt, or participate in other outdoor activities is $2.4 billion a year.

 

“We must do more to encourage our children to spend time outdoors,” said Nadeau. “Maine offers so much beautiful space, what better way to enjoy it than fishing?”

 

For more information on the bill, go to: http://www.mainelegislature.org/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280047643

 

Fowle is serving her first term in the Legislature and represents Windsor, Vassalboro and part of Augusta.  Nadeau is also serving her first term in the Legislature and represents Winslow and part of Benton.