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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation

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Our approach is part of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which is the envy of almost every other country in the world and key to habitat and species conservation. Seven basic principles are involved:

  1. Fish and wildlife are public resources. Throughout the U.S., wildlife is held in common ownership by the state for the benefit of all people.
  2. Markets for trade in black bass and other wild sportfish is carefully restricted, removing a huge threat to sustaining those species.
  3. States allow sustainable use of sport fish by law, not by market pressures, land ownership or special privilege. The public has input into how these resources are allocated.
  4. The democracy of hunting is emphasized. In the European model, wildlife was allocated by land ownership and privilege. In North America, anyone in good standing can participate.iStock_000007127398_kid fishing.psd
  5. Hunters and anglers fund conservation, including wildlife species that are not harvested, by purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and paying excise taxes on recreational equipment.
  6. Many fish and wildlife species are an international resource. Species, such as migratory fish, transcend boundaries requiring cooperative management.
  7. Science is the proper tool for developing fisheries policy. This is a key concept of fish and wildlife management emphasized by Theodore Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold and many other conservation leaders.

Make sure there are fish for tomorrow

Only half of Florida’s anglers are required to buy a license, but their license fees are a vital source of funding for fish and wildlife conservation.

Seniors, youths and others that are exempt can contribute to fish and wildlife conservation simply by voluntarily buying a fishing license. License fees help with scientific management, habitat restoration, fish stocking, fishing and boating access, law enforcement and outreach programs.

Each license bought also captures more Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration money and brings tackle and motor boat fuel taxes home to Florida.

In addition, when you buy your license, you may now make a voluntary donation to youth fishing and hunting programs in Florida (

Thank you for supporting our youth!

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