Recreational saltwater anglers across the state are supposed to provide their contact information to a free federal registry before casting this year. The idea is to gather information on where and when fish are being caught, so that authorities can set better catch limits. Commercial boats and party vessels — and people who limit their angling to those kinds of boats — are exempt.
For more information, view a brief video and visit: www.noaanews.noaa.gov.
The annual fee of $15 to $25 is scheduled for 2011, but the fines, for failure to register, will kick in soon. The first penalty will be a fix order that says ‘Go back and make sure you get registered'. Subsequently, if you’re found (without having registered), you will be given a fine.
Fishermen can register in one of two ways: