People are increasingly utilizing the option of obtaining the fishing license online. Though people welcome the idea of nation-wide fishing license, licenses are issued only by state governments. Ensuring the state fish and wildlife agencies are updated to include customer information retaining tools, and a user-friendly format is a must to encourage a positive user experience and future sales.
Responding to the demand, fish and wildlife agencies in all 50 states provides the option to get a fishing license online, with a user-friendly format and adding convenience to the purchase of a license. But, after a study conducted by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBBF), it is found that the majority of state fishing agency websites were not user-friendly and missed basic customer services, which eventually caused a national loss of millions of dollars of revenue each year.
The Requirement of a license varies from state to state. Each state has different regulations and paperwork requirements to obtain a license.
The U.S state of Oregon regulated a requirement for commercial fishing license in 1899, but the sturgeon fishery of the state collapsed due to over harvesting. The state started requiring the recreational fishing license in 1901. Indiana started to issue fishing and hunting license in 1901 with verification of above 18 years of age and some fishing regulations.
The state of Pennsylvania first issued the recreational fishing license in the year of 1919. Only non-residents required fishing licenses, and only 50 licenses were issued at first.
Fishing License effects on economy
According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Services National survey of 2011, more than 46 million licensed anglers raised over $48 billion in retail services with an effect of $115 billion on nation’s economy. It also created employment for more than 828,000 people.
A negative finding in a survey conducted by RBBF stated that the average fishing trips decreased from an average of 20.4 to 18.2 trips per angler in 2010 and 2011 respectively, a decrease of 10.8%.