Its good to see a PAS with balls at last defending the archaeological resource for the whole of society and not "partnering" the exploitive minority who want to pocket the lot. Of course that's not the effete, jobsworth British Portable Antiquities Scheme, which only very unwillingly opposes anything at all said or done by artefact hunters, this is the Pensacola Archaeological Society (a Chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society) which is standing up for preservation. For the discussion generally, see Kristina Killgrove, 'Florida Archaeologists Condemn Proposed 'Citizen Archaeology' Permit', Forbes Jan 13, 2016. Killgroves' comments on Florida's IFP are directly applicable to the British Portable Antiquities Scheme:
The Isolated Finds Program was discontinued in 2005 and considered by many to be a total failure. The program cost the state more money than it brought in through application fees. It also failed to produce a list of sites reported by those collecting artifacts. Even when land managers directly observed people collecting artifacts, only 20% of the collectors followed through by reporting site location. It further confused the distinction between where collecting was legal on state land and where it was illegal by federal law or local ordinance protection.I note that the US antiquities trade lobbyists who insist other nations adopt the collector-friendly "British system" are keeping out of the debate about such approaches applied to the Homeland archaeological resources.