April 13, 2014

DEC reminds saltwater anglers to sign up for no-fee marine registry

Saltwater fishing anglers are required to register for the free recreational marine fish registry prior to fishing the marine waters of New York state to ensure federal and multi-state regulations are fair to New York’s anglers, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens has announced.

The no-fee registry was established in 2011 in response the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s mandate that all recreational anglers fishing in coastal waters complete a National Saltwater Angler Registry, a press release states.

Information from New York’s marine registry is incorporated into the National Marine Fisheries Service database of recreational marine anglers. The database helps to efficiently obtain fishing activity information, vital information for setting quotas, size and bag limits, and fishing seasons each year.

Saltwater anglers can register online at the N.Y.S. License Center website, by phone (1-866-933-2257) or at a license issuing agent location. All anglers 16 years old and above are required to register if they plan to fish for saltwater fish species in the marine and coastal district, or fish for migratory fish of the sea within tidal waters of the Hudson River and its tributaries, or waters of Delaware River or Mohawk River. Further information on the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry can be found on DEC’s website.

Registration is valid for one full year from the date registered. There is no lifetime registration.

Anglers found without a registration may be ticketed up to $250 per violation.

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