Peter Baker's journal


January 14, 1993|By PETER BAKER


Several weeks ago, fishing license fees for this year were listed in this space, and since there has been some grumbling about the increases in cost, especially for the Chesapeake Bay sportfishing licenses.

A frequently asked question is: Where does the money go?

Since 1985, the number of bay sportfishing licenses sold has ranged from 135,465 to a peak of 231,605 in 1991. Last year, 211,966 licenses were sold.

Revenues produced have ranged from $1,038,723 to a peak of $1,613,374 in 1991. Last year, license sales brought in $1,508,779.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, last year the breakdown of disbursements (in round percentages adding to 99 percent), was as follows:

L * Piers, reefs and access -- 24 percent or roughly $362,000.

* Salaries -- 7 percent, roughly $105,614.

L * Education and information -- 13 percent, roughly $196,141.

* Chesapeake Bay research -- 10 percent, roughly $150,877.

* Finfish health and monitoring -- 14 percent, roughly $211,229.

* Fisheries allocations -- 18 percent, roughly $271,580.

* Striped bass monitoring -- 13 percent, roughly $196,141.

The breakdown of revenues last year was as follows:

* Pleasure boat licenses -- 58 percent, roughly $875,000.

* Charterboat licenses -- 5 percent, roughly $75,000.

* Chesapeake Bay fishing license -- 21 percent, roughly $317,000.

* Bay fishing stamp ($2.50 with purchase of freshwater license) -- percent, roughly $226,000.

* Three-day bay license -- 1 percent, roughly $15,000.


Through Feb. 10: Snow goose season, 4 per day.

Through Wednesday: Canada goose season, two per day.

Through Jan. 30: Bow season for deer.

Saturday: Fisherman's flea market sponsored by the Central Maryland Bassmasters at Freedom Community Center (Route 32, south of Route 26). Fishing equipment, boats and door prizes. Admission is $2. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (410) 442-2323, (410) 744-0999 or (410) 922-8673.

Saturday-March 14: Ward Foundation exhibit of Birds of the Chesapeake, paintings by John W. Taylor in Salisbury. For more information, call the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, (410) 742-4988.

Saturday: MCM hike along the Appalachian Trail from Compton Gap to Hogback Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. For more information, call (410) 760-6041 or (410) 391-9049.

Sunday: MCM hike at Bull Run Mountain from Thorofare Gap. For more information, call (410) 788-7755 or (410) 821-1988.

Tuesday: Meeting of Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited at IOOF Hall, 511 York Road, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Robert Bachman of the DNR will speak about the electroshocking survey of the Gunpowder and the coming season. The public is welcome.

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