*This letter was sent to every one of the 9 Provincial Nature Conservation Departments.
Attention the Director.
I have been involved with various facets of angling in many capacities for a very long time and come into contact with them on a regular basis. I also have my own website www.fishingowl.co.za
There are many perceptions regarding angling licenses in freshwater some correct some incorrect and I feel that the matter should be sorted out.
Some of the perceptions are as follows;
I can go on and on. It is a fact of life that when you have a breakdown in communication, you have confusion which leads to confrontation.
I suggest the following;
For example the catching of carp (which is an exotic in S.A.) is a billion pound industry in the U.K. and we have British carp anglers coming to S.A. to catch them as well as the catfish
Angling is a bloodsport and there is opposition in some countries to this type of practice usually by people who make a living out of fighting soft targets in other words non-pragmatic so called conservationists who have no concept whatsoever of the human social implications of their actions.
If the various conservation departments can rid themselves of the parochialism that has existed and are prepared to put together copy pics etc. of what the angler needs to know I am prepared to flight it on my website free of charge. This will also obviate your staff spending time answering anglers questions.
There has been a lot of hype and "get rich kids" involved in the Internet but sense is slowly starting to prevail and the Internet will become the information and educational highway of the future albeit at a much slower pace. Already non-angling youngsters are starting to use the site for their school projects which is encouraging because after all the basis of conservation is education.
My website is a labour of love and has been going for over 3 years and 16 percent of the hits come from overseas. The site foundation is only about a quarter complete and once the basics are up it will then become more topical. Your comments in the guestbook would be appreciated, because it gives me an indication as to whether I am headed in the right direction.
Trusting that his letter is treated in the spirit in which it is intended.
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