Using the latest available U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service data on fishing licenses by state, on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 7 in the nation in terms of revenues from non-resident fishing licenses. I was not able to determine if these fees are based on freshwater only or if they also include saltwater fishing fees. In either case, note that Maine charges only $1.00 for an annual saltwater fishing license. If saltwater license fees are not included in the data, because Maine's coastline is large compared to that of other states (many of which have no ocean coastline), this analysis likely understates Maine's position among the states as a recreational fishing powerhouse. It can also be pointed out that ice fishing notwithstanding, Maine acheives its strong position with a shorter "prime time" season than some other states, e.g., Florida, making Maine's showing all the more remarkable.
This is but one more example of the strength of Maine's outdoor brand.
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There is no doubt that the Maine brand is the great outdoors. And it is a potentially even more valuable brand in years to come as more and more of the huddled masses in Megalopolis and other places discover the incredible place that is Maine. Unless we destroy it.
Why would we want to jeopardize the tourism and tourism potential we have here in Maine? Do our representatives in Augusta really want to infest our incredible mountains, ridges, hilltops, lakes, forests, farmlands, seacoast and islands with giant out of place industrial wind installations and requisite transmission gashes? All so that a small handful of super wealthy insiders in distant places can become yet wealthier at the expense of Mainers and our visitors who so faithfully depend on Maine being Maine?