It’s never too late – at least I hope not. The Sportsman’s Alliance organized an Anglers’ Congress in 2008, with statewide participation by many organizations and clubs, to create a state fishing initiative. As Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife works this year to create new fisheries management plans, the suggestions of the Anglers’ Congress provide excellent direction and ideas. Here they are.
There is no accountability at DIF&W for the decisions, plans, and policies created by fisheries biologists (including no financial accountability).
An underfunded unresponsive system has caused a decline in Maine’s fishery and number of anglers.
DIF&W does not grasp the economic value of anglers as other states have done.
We are unable to interact effectively with DIF&W.