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Fish and Boat Commission moves forward with licensing change

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has taken steps toward removing the display requirement for a fishing licenses.

The board met on Monday and, according to a statement, “took steps towards replacing a long-standing regulation that requires anglers to display their fishing license on an outer garment while fishing.”

The Commission said that a proposed amendment would replace the display requirement “with a possession requirement, which would require only that an angler carry the license on their person while fishing and present the license to a PFBC law enforcement offer upon request.

There would be no change to the regulation that would prohibit someone from displaying their license on an outer garment if they wish to do so, the Commission specifically noted.

“While the PFBC seeks legislation that would allow for the display of a fishing license on a mobile device, this amendment would still require a printed and signed license to be possessed,” the statement said. “The Commission acted to approve the publication of proposed rulemaking containing the amendments to the license display regulation.”

That notice will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and the Commission said that the “proposal will be considered for final rulemaking at a future meeting of the Commission.”

In other business, the delayed harvest artificial lures only section of Kinzua Creek in McKean County from the Guffey Road Bridge downstream to Westline Road bridge.

Also, creel limits, seasons and sizes have been amended on Lake Erie, tributaries and Presque Isle Bay. Harvest limits for walleye and yellow perch for management reasons will be adjusted and the season dates will be moved to “maintain regulatory consistency and simplicity.”

“This small housekeeping change is expected to be unnoticed by anglers and have negligible impact upon fishing opportunity but will serve to simplify and make clear harvest rules applicable to walleyes across much of the Commonwealth,” the Commission said.

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