December 26, 2008
Merwin: Saltwater Licensing Set For 2010
By John Merwin & Joe Cermele
Just a day after I posted the news that a new federal
saltwater fishing license was being postponed, the National Marine
Fisheries Service issued a release stating that implementation of their "Angler Registry" will begin
on January 1, 2010. It had been set to begin in just a few days, on
January 1, 2009.
The reason for the delay, as I was first told, was a hang-up
in getting the proposed rule approved by the federal Office of
Management and Budget (OMB). That OMB problem isn't mentioned in the
release, which instead says the delay is intended to give coastal
states that don't have saltwater licensing--generally from New Jersey
north to Maine--time to develop a way of accurately counting their
saltwater anglers. That will for the most part mean adopting their own
saltwater licensing systems before the feds do it for them.
Read the links above for an excellent explanation of the
federal plan. Understand also that if, for example, you live in
Illinois or Ohio and travel to fish stripers in Massachusetts, then
the licensing requirement will also apply to you.