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A. Carrie Wilson, Department of Fish and Wildlife:  You are welcome to take non-licensed passengers along to observe you while fishing or hoop netting as long they do not engage at all in any of the actual sport fishing activities. It is only in the commercial fishing industry where those who assist with the boat handling and other tasks need to have their own commercial fishing license.

Carrie Wilson is a marine biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  

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