For people looking for more information on the seagrass news article posted today, the Environmental Protection Agency/Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has a great page on it.
A great article for sea kayakers as we play and teach in areas where seagrass grows.
The other day, I was reading a letter to the editor in the Concord Monitor. It was based on an editorial against the proposed annual $10 registration fees for canoes & kayaks.The letter went on to rail against the proposal listing a pile of reasons why the idea is bad. This isn't the first time that I have heard people complaining against the issue every time it comes up.
Paddlers have been complaining for a long time that access to their rivers has been difficult. By logic, if you are paying for access through your registration fees, doesn't that give you a better voice for access?Boats get stolen all the time, when your boat gets registered, the serial number and description gets added to a database. Is your boat registered with the police?
Finally the other big issue that I hear about each time is the astronomical fees associated with registration. How is paying between $10-50 per year unthinkable then participants will drop $350 on a paddle? Think about it, you spend $50 just to go out to dinner and a movie.
I haven't made up my mind and maybe I am not seeing the big picture of the big government monster.
I'm I missing something? Is there small boater registration in your area? What do you think? Has it ruined your life?