Letter: Fixing Fish and Game

Published: 1/21/2019 12:01:18 AM

Your Dec. 2 editorial regarding the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department omits an important point. This department is run by a commission whose members are required to have a fishing, trapping or hunting license. So, those who wish to birdwatch, snowmobile, boat or enjoy other activities overseen by the department have no direct representation on the commission. Only those who kill wildlife are “qualified.” Those who want to enjoy our state’s wildlife without harming it do not have a voice. It didn’t have to be that way.

A commission to study the efficiency and effectiveness of Fish and Game operations met in 2018. Its charge, among other things, was to make recommendations regarding “the department’s name . . . and other organizational and structural improvements that will better enable the department to carry out its responsibilities,” which, according to the department’s website, includes providing the public “with opportunities to use and appreciate our state’s fish, widlife and marine resources.”

According to this commission’s final report (Nov. 1), this charge was given scant attention. Indeed, the commission decided that the subject of governance would not be included in the final report and that the present governance would not be changed.

I would be more willing to provide additional sources of revenue if I had a voice in how that money is spent. Membership on the Fish and Game Commission must be open to those who don’t hunt, fish or trap.




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