The did it in the States on an option basis so that some coastal states have a license and some do not.
Guess where the best shore and close inshore fishing is. If you guess that license = better fishing you will be correct.
The money does go into improving habitat and similar conservation measures and on that basis, it would seem to be a good thing.
The difference is Newt, you control your own waters over there. Ours are ruled by the EU. Makes you wonder why we bothered to fight two world wars in Europe, because we've gone and handed everything to them on a plate.
The other difference is, the American people wouldn't put up with being robbed by a greedy and dishonest government. I believe that American citizens took to the streets when petrol prices got too high for your liking, while we, on the other hand, are now paying the equivelant of $2.20 for a litre! That's a litre Newt, a European measurement that is about a fifth of a British gallon!
Give them a centimetre and they take a kilometre. Bastartds.