This is incorrect based on multiple discussions I have had with US customs. The public website and pamphlets still have the rules from 2009 where you did not need to check in if fishing only. However the official policy was updated such that you did need to check in with customs upon re-entry even for fishing.You never had to call US Customs to just fish the waters....and return. (only if you had to declare certain items - ie large $$, tobacco, alcohol... etc... fish and shellfish not included.... per our Feds.)
Actually I don't think Dave is the brain child on this, and the e-mail I have seen says he thinks it's a stupid idea...I'm thinking its some one amongst us who put this forward.
On another subject but from the same thought (some amongst us) I also hear there might be some Hali info released/avail soon... This is coming from (not directly to me) the Cronquistmister of ___ and ___!
Hali tag auctions coming to a dealer near you!
Really too fucking bad there are SOOOOOOOOOOOO fucking many blind, deaf, dumb sheeple in this herd of sport fishers.
This is incorrect based on multiple discussions I have had with US customs. The public website and pamphlets still have the rules from 2009 where you did not need to check in if
Well....I guess the Chief US Customs Manager at the Truck crossing told me incorrect when I went up to get my license in March. I stopped in and spoke with him I have his name in my boat in case anyone ever stopped me.
He clearly said that only if you have "certain" items to declare - then gave me the examples.
I specifically asked him if we just went fishing and returned with FISH / Shellfish if we needed to do anything. He said "no"....He did make a funny comment that the "Customs guys" in Anacortes are pretty strict.... oh well.
I'm not calling in until they show me the RCW or passed statute that calls for this action. It is different than "in-season" species management... and that's what they're using as their authority for this action.
Please, SOMEONE, please explain the dead-nuts rules to me like I'm the village idiot (I am). Not....... "I'm not choosing to do this or that", just the new regulations on the Canadian and Washington (U.S.) side.
So, in the past, once I entered Canadian waters I called Canadian #, they asked a bunch of questions (location, intent, passengers, liquor (I lie of course), money, etc., etc.) at the end of the call I would get a number. Write it down, fish, be happy.
Now, I go to this WDFW website and just fill that form out and I'm free as a bird. How early in advanced do I need to fill the form out? What if I decide to stay an extra day or if I have 2 passengers instead of 3 at the last minute? I do not have to notify BC AT ALL???? What if I get checked by a BC fishery boat, give them some stupid WDFW confirmation #??????
In theory it is a helluva alot easier...just fill some dumbass form out 2 weeks before I go....but is it that simple?????
Thanks for any info.....Swanny