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January 03, 2012

Is Virginia’s Governor Anti-Fishing?

Plans to end tournament create furor

Plenty of Virginians are wondering just that, following Gov. Bob McDonnell’s decision to end state funding for Virigina’s outstanding and long-standing Saltwater Fishing Tournament. State Sen. Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk) will introduce an amendment to restore funding to keep the program alive. (With just two employees, the entire program takes only $200,000 from state coffers annually.)

“The Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament is a huge part of why recreational angling contributes so much to Virginia’s economy,” Northam explains.

Read more in this report in Virginia’s PilotOnline.