Fishing e-licensing causing problems for local store

When the BC government launched a new freshwater e-licensing service to anglers, Steve Hewitt from Backcountry was concerned.

The service began on September 6, 2007. It requires recreational anglers to purchase and pay online for the license.

It was initially created to have a database of who is utilizing the resources in BC. Later down the road, the government will be able to track people coming back into the province to fish.

Hewitt says the new system sounds beneficial in theory, but Backcountry is having a few problems with it.

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Hewitt says the store issues several thousand licenses per year. That means if the store issues two thousand electronic licenses, and if waiting times are five minutes, the store would spend over 166 hours on licenses alone.

Hewitt says the government does not compensate the store for the time or materials used in the process. He says he is awaiting response from the Ministry of Environment regarding his concerns.

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Anglers must have a license purchased by April 18th. As of now, the only place to purchase a fishing license in Fort St. John is the Government Agents office at the provincial building.

For more information visit, http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/

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