From The New York Times:
_The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing a rule that would require recreational anglers and spearfishers who fish in federal ocean waters to join a national registry.
The agency is trying to close an information gap about the exact number of saltwater anglers and their effect on fish populations. The proposal would require the registration of those who catch fish like striped bass, salmon and shad that spawn in rivers and streams but spend their adult lives in estuaries and the ocean.
The agency wants anglers to register each year, beginning in 2009. Registration would be free until 2011, when a fee, probably $15 to $25, would be imposed. [The proceeds of which would go to the United States Treasury.]
“We expect that we may get some resistance to it,” said Monica Allen, a spokeswoman for the NOAA Fisheries Service._