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RECREATIONAL SALTWATER FISHING PERMITS

Post  Betep on Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:29 am

November 5, 2010
MarineFisheries Advisory
RECREATIONAL SALTWATER FISHING PERMIT – PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR: DECEMBER 8, 2010 and DECEMBER 15, 2010

Last November (2009), the Massachusetts legislature passed House Bill No. 4309 – An Act Instituting Saltwater Fishing Licenses. The Act requires the Division of Marine Fisheries to establish a “state recreational fishing permit program” in compliance with federal law. To meet deadlines for the upcoming permitting and fishing year, the regulations have been enacted under the Director’s emergency authority. Through the public hearing process, the public can review and make comments on adjustments to the rules.

Synopsis of new rules:

1. Requires all individuals recreationally fishing in the coastal waters of the Commonwealth, or landing marine species for recreational purposes in the Commonwealth to obtain a recreational fishing permit;
2. Requires all for-hire vessel operators to inform passengers and visibly post pertinent bag and size limitations and provide measuring devices for use by patrons;
3. Establishes a penalty schedule for non-compliance;
4. Allows for 3rd party agents to sell permits on behalf of the Commonwealth;
5. Establishes permitting exemptions for:
1. disabled persons;
2. persons under 16 years of age;
3. those fishing aboard lawfully permitted for-hire vessels;
4. those retaining fish caught under the authority of a commercial permit; and
5. those holding a valid recreational fishing license from a coastal state, that the Director has determined allows, through reciprocity agreement, similar exemption for persons from the Commonwealth;
6. Establishes annual permit fees and other service charges:
1. $10 resident and non-resident permit fee;
2. $125 resident chart vessel permit and $625 non-resident charter permit fees; and
3. $175 resident head boat permit fees and $855 non-resident head boat permit fees.

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That's right, $10 to fish in the ocean starting January 1, 2011, and they still haven't figured out the details yet.

God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Post  Betep on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:18 am

State seeks public input on saltwater fishing license
By Doug Fraser
dfraser@capecodonline.com
December 15, 2010

BOSTON — The state Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a final public hearing tonight in Plymouth on the new recreational saltwater fishing license.

The hearing will be 6 to 9 p.m. at Plymouth South High School Auditorium, 490 Long Pond Road, Plymouth.

A 2006 federal law established a national recreational saltwater registry by 2011, but states also are allowed to institute a licensing program as an alternative to the federal license.

The state would then get to keep the license fees that federal law requires be dedicated to fisheries research, boating and fishery access, and to maintaining the database for fishery information from the licensing program.

In 2009, the Legislature established annual fees of: $10 for residents and nonresidents; $125 for a resident charter vessel permit; $625 for a nonresident charter boat permit; $175 for a resident head boat permit; and $855 for a nonresident head boat permit.

Exemptions include: disabled persons; those under 16 years old; those catching fish under a commercial permit; and customers on a charter or head boat.

Fisheries division spokesperson Catherine Williams said preliminary estimates show that 150,000 to 200,000 anglers could register for the license, with a third of those qualifying for an exemption to the fees.

The state estimates a possible revenue of $1 million from the program.

Comments can also be sent by e-mail to marine.fish@state.ma.us; by fax to 617-626-1509; or by mail to 251 Causeway St. Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information go to http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/marinefisheriesnotices/2010/rec_license_advisory_110510.html
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16 days left and they want comments? Gee, when will the price go up?

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Post  mermaid on Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:40 am

So, did you attend ? I`d bet it was a rippin` angry meeting
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Post  Betep on Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:46 pm

No, I didn't go. Spending $10 to bitch about spending $10 didn't make too much sense.
I still think it's a rip-off added to the Magnuson Act for some nickle and dime money from recreational fishermen. Every bit of fishing equipment sold has a tax already for fishing preservation. This is just silly. The price won't cover the cost of implementation (issuing and enforcing permits) so the cost will go up.

You heard it here first. Or second, or third.

Edit: I looked at Wicked Local, Plymouth edition and didn't see anything about the meeting.

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