July 28, 2016

California: Outdoor Sporting Caucus Holds Inaugural Offshore Fishing Trip

On July 14, sportsmen’s groups, industry leaders, and representatives of the California Legislative Outdoor Sporting Caucus (Caucus), including Co-Chair Senator John Moorlach, gathered in Dana Point, California, for a day of off-shore sportfishing. The event, which was hosted by the California Sportfishing League (CSL), was the Caucus’ inaugural fishing event.

The most recent of several Caucus events this year, the event was an opportunity for participants to learn more about California’s rich sportfishing heritage, as well as a forum for discussing solutions to policy issues of concern to the state’s 1.6 million anglers.

“This event was a great opportunity to educate legislators and their staff about sportfishing in the Golden State,” noted Marko Mlikotin, President of CSL. “We’re thrilled that [the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation] CSF was able to participate in and support the event, and look forward to working with them to continue supporting the California Outdoor Sporting Caucus and be a strong voice for sportsmen and women in the State Capitol.”

“As Co-Chair of the California Legislative Outdoor Sporting Caucus, it was my pleasure for most of the 37th Senate District staff and I to participate in the Caucus’ inaugural offshore fishing event off the Orange County coast, just south of my Senate district,” said Senator John Moorlach. “I greatly appreciate the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the California Sportfishing League, and others for making this event possible. We look forward to educating more policy makers on these issues at future events.”

Each year, California’s recreational anglers spend over $2.4 billion, supporting close to 36,000 jobs in the state and generating over $334 million in state and local taxes. 

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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