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National Saltwater Angler Registry- JAN 1st for ME, NH, MA, RI, NJ and VA

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National Saltwater Angler Registry Opens on New Year’s Day

\t\tNew program, part of improved data collection system, to help protect nation’s ocean resources

\t\tDecember 29, 2009
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Charter vessel anglers netting a salmon.
\t\t High resolution (Credit: NOAA)
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\t\tSaltwater recreational fishermen have long expressed concerns about the data used to estimate the effects of recreational fishing on ocean resources and the nation’s economy. The National Saltwater Angler Registry, which launches on Friday, will help address that concern by providing a comprehensive list of the nation’s saltwater anglers that will be used to improve surveys of fishermen. These surveys are used by NOAA scientists to assess the health of fish stocks and to estimate the economic contributions of anglers.
\t\tMany saltwater recreational fishermen will be required to register before fishing in 2010. The registry is open for registrations starting Friday, January 1. But if you have a state saltwater fishing license, you may already be part of the registry.
\t\t“By registering, recreational anglers will make their catch count," said Jim Balsiger, acting NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service. “The National Saltwater Angler Registry is an important tool that will enable us to better estimate the health of marine fisheries so that we’re able to preserve the pastime of recreational saltwater fishing for generations to come."
\t\t“Recreational fishers need the registry,†says Capt. Monty Hawkins, a party boat operator and recreational fishing advocate based in Ocean City, Md. “People’s lives depend on the quality of the government’s information. It’s the basis for management decisions on everything from creel limits to whether to shut down whole sections of the coast. I’ve been harshly critical of recreational fishing data in the past, but I welcome the registry as a way to improve upon the current system."
\t\tGordon Colvin, a biologist with NOAA’s Fisheries Service and interim senior policy advisor on recreational fishing to Balsiger, who has spearheaded the registry implementation, said that many anglers will not need to take any action to register, because their coastal states already have agreements in place with NOAA to share state saltwater fishing license information.
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Charter vessel anglers netting a salmon.
\t\t High resolution (Credit: NOAA)
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\t\tWho Needs to Register:

\t\t Recreational saltwater fishermen will need to register if they:
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  • Hold a license from one of 10 coastal states or territories which do not currently have comprehensive saltwater angler license or registration requirements—Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Fish for or are likely to catch anadromous species in tidal and salt waters; these are fish like river herring, shad, smelt and striped bass that live in the oceans but spawn in fresh water, OR
  • Fish in the federal waters more than three miles from the ocean shore or from the mouths of rivers or bays
\t\tWho Doesn’t Need to Register

\t\t Some anglers don’t have to register if they:
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  • Hold a license from one of 15 coastal states with comprehensive licensing or registration — Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington;
  • Are not required under state law in one of these 15 states to hold a fishing license as is sometimes the case with seniors or active-duty military;
  • Are under age 16;
  • Pay to fish on licensed charter, party or guide boats;
  • Hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling permit or subsistence fishing permit;
  • Fish commercially under a valid license.
\t\tNational Saltwater Angler registration is free in 2010. To register beginning Friday, anglers can visit NOAA's Marine Recreational Information Program and click on the Angler Registry link, or call the toll-free registration line at 1-888-MRIP411 (1-888-674-7411) from 4:00 am to 12 midnight EST daily.
\t\tAnglers will need to provide their name, date of birth, address and telephone number, and will receive a registration number that will allow them to begin fishing immediately. They will receive a registration card in the mail in about 30 days.
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Fisherman at mouth of Kennebec River.
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\t\tSteve Medeiros, executive director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association and a leading advocate for a saltwater fishing license in his state, said the registry is an important step. “While it’s true that some fishermen don’t like the idea of having to register to participate in a sport they’ve taken for granted their whole lives, anyone fishing today knows that increasing pressures on the ocean are having a real effect,†he said. “If we’re going to pass the sport down to our children and grandchildren, we’re going to need sound management based on good data.â€
\t\tThe registry will be used as the basis for conducting surveys of saltwater recreational fishermen to find out how often they fish. It will eventually replace the use of random-digit dialing to coastal households, a system NOAA has had in place since the 1970s. The goal is to improve survey efficiency and reduce bias by making calls only to homes where people fish, and reaching saltwater anglers who live outside coastal counties.
\t\tWhile the registry is among the most visible aspects of NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program, it is only one component of this rigorous multi-year, multi-phased overhaul of the system NOAA uses to collect and report recreational fishing data. Each piece of its design and implementation has been guided by close working relationships among NOAA personnel, fisheries managers, state partners, independent scientists and the recreational fishing community.
\t\tRecreational fishermen should also remember that regardless of whether an individual is registered with NOAA, they must obey all state regulations and licensing requirements where they are fishing.
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And so it begins. Hopefully after this free year RI will it by the Gov. Don't really want to have to pay as a nonresident in NY and CT.
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Originally Posted by The Gremlin View Post
And so it begins. Hopefully after this free year RI will it by the Gov. Don't really want to have to pay as a nonresident in NY and CT.


I'd shop around, because one license should cover you for most of the NE. Seeing as how the price of the CT license for residents skyrocketed already, if you're going down to NY early to get a jump on the season or to pick up permits, getting the NY non-resident would probably be cheaper than CTs.
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Even registering to fish in the ocean makes me want to throw up. I'm not going to piss into the wind, though, what can you do other than get with the program?
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Originally Posted by rocket500 View Post
Even registering to fish in the ocean makes me want to throw up.


I agree. What happens if you don't register? In 2011, it is going to cost anywhere between $20-$35 /yr. Then in future years the fee will most likely go up. If NJ has a registry, I read the fees collected will go into the State General Fund. Will it get used for fishing data or general operating expenses to make up for NJ's deficit? To me it is just another tax on us if the General Fund gets the money. That's what NJ did with the monthly EZ Pass charge. The fee was enacted to pay off the debt of the EZ screw ups when EZ Pass first came out. Now that it goes into the General Fund,who is tracking it to say the when the EZ Pass debt is paid off and to discontinue the monthly charge? NO ONE IS.
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Bull its big brother at its best. they want our money and total control of something that should be free. lets have an Illegal alien registry and have them have a permit to be in our country. that sound as fair as what they will do to American citizens who just want to fish.If they tried that civil liberties would stick it up there a--. they would riot and have mass meeting to overturn this permit to be in our country. but we have just take it. what a shame.
post #8 of 46
This brings up a good point. If states do end up reciprocating to eachother than I think it will also force them all to have a license fee that is the same. Seeing how you can just buy a license online it shouldn't be tough to shop around...

John
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What is the approach if I reside in CT, but choose not to purchase the CT license because I only will be fishing in Rhode Island? Since I do not have a RI address, I do not think I can register for RI; given my lack of residence. Anyone have a thought on what the approach will be in this scenario?
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This just plain sucks. I'm gonna kayak to the Grand Banks and not register!!
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If the fees are going to a general fund (like my taxes),then my moneys heading to the sh-t hole. If this registry is mandated by Mungson-Stevesone Act then any moneys(as will soon happen) should go directly towards the firshery's input not raped by BS Legislators As for taking things for granted, some more BS!!! Bubs
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You shouldn't have to pay any money anyway, regardless of where it goes. You're already paying various taxes on all the fishing tackle you buy, among other things. And that's all bought with post tax earnings!
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Originally Posted by lockbox View Post
Bull its big brother at its best. they want our money and total control of something that should be free. lets have an Illegal alien registry and have them have a permit to be in our country. that sound as fair as what they will do to American citizens who just want to fish.If they tried that civil liberties would stick it up there a--. they would riot and have mass meeting to overturn this permit to be in our country. but we have just take it. what a shame.


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Originally Posted by Fishinbubs 1953 View Post
If the fees are going to a general fund (like my taxes),then my moneys heading to the sh-t hole. If this registry is mandated by Mungson-Stevesone Act then any moneys(as will soon happen) should go directly towards the firshery's input not raped by BS Legislators As for taking things for granted, some more BS!!! Bubs



Hi Guys-

You are soooooooooo right!!! They just keep on the middle class!
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Originally Posted by rocket500 View Post
You shouldn't have to pay any money anyway, regardless of where it goes. You're already paying various taxes on all the fishing tackle you buy, among other things. And that's all bought with post tax earnings!


post #15 of 46
Just the beginning, they will be using the money for whatever they want and will be able to skew the data so they can beat us over the head with the info we provide. Think of it as a new generation of the best available science funded by recreational fishermen for the benefit of commercial fishermen and environmentalists.
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