Fishing guides would no longer be required to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Card under a bill waiting to be signed into law by President Obama, according to the office of U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn.
Under current law, any boat operator who obtains a U.S. Coast Guard certification to transport passengers must obtain a TWIC card. To obtain the card, guides are required to pay a $132 application fee and make two trips to a Coast Guard licensing center.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954