SALTWATER FISHING REGISTRY GOES ONLINE WEDNESDAY

vandrewThe free saltwater fishing registry is being implemented on Wednesday. The bill was signed into law in February and will allow fisherman to register for free, compared to a federal plan that would have incurred a $15 federal fee. State Senator Jeff Van Drew sponsored the legislation and praised the Department of Environmental Protection for enacting the bill.

Senator Jeff Van Drew praised today’s announcement by the Department of Environmental Protection that a free state registry for saltwater recreational fishing will go online tomorrow. Van Drew sponsored the legislation, signed into law in February, to create the registry and prevent residents from having to pay a $15 federal fee.

“The Governor kept his word to make New Jersey more competitive by signing and overseeing the implementation of this legislation. I want to thank him and Commissioner Martin for the work they have done to establish the registry,” said Senator Van Drew. “This really puts New Jersey on the cutting edge.”

Under the new law, saltwater anglers must register with the state even if they have already registered with the federal system, according to the DEP.  Individuals 16 years of age or older must register and carry the printed registration with them when fishing, the DEP said. People who fish for shellfish such as crabs, clams or lobster are not required to register, though existing license or permit requirements may be required depending on the gear used.

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