Recreational Marine Fishing Licenses and Freshwater Fishing Change Proposals Announced
DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis recently announced that recreational marine fishing licenses are available for sale in New York State. Just as with recreational freshwater fishing licenses, marine licenses can be purchased on-line, by telephone at 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257), by mail, or by visiting any of DEC’s 1,500 license sales outlets statewide (see Purchasing a Sporting License on DEC’s website for details). Proposed regulatory changes for the 2010-2012 freshwater fishing seasons were also recently released for public comment.
Big Change for Coastal Fishing
New York’s coastal waters provide excellent angling opportunities, offering anglers a wide variety of species to target, from scup and sea bass to bluefish and striped bass. Realizing that the federal government was going to soon require marine fishing licenses if there were no state requirement in place, New York elected to implement this new license in order to keep the fees here to help fund state conservation programs. While this is a big change for the coastal fishing community, it is the best available option for New York.
Anglers purchasing their license at one of DEC’s 1,500 license sales outlets will receive their license and can go fishing immediately. Anglers purchasing their license via the internet will receive a “smart number” and confirming e-mail, and anglers purchasing a license via telephone will receive their customer ID number so they can begin fishing immediately and don’t have to wait to receive their license in the mail.
Licenses Required October 1
Beginning October 1, persons 16 years of age and older need to acquire a recreational marine fishing license if they are fishing in the Marine and Coastal District or fishing any water (such as the Hudson River, Delaware River, or Mohawk River and their tributaries) where the angler is fishing for “migratory fish from the sea” (such as striped bass, American shad, hickory shad, blueback herring, or alewife). The Marine and Coastal District includes all the waters of the Atlantic Ocean within three nautical miles from the coast and all other tidal waters within the state, including the Hudson River up to the Tappan Zee Bridge.
See the complete marine fishing press release for more information about license fees and where license revenue will be used, as well as links to frequently asked questions about the new licenses and the marine fishing guide.
Freshwater Fishing Changes
The catch-and-release-only regulation is being eliminated for Hempstead Lake in Nassau County. (Photo: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation)Proposed changes to the current freshwater fishing regulations were also recently announced to enhance fishing opportunities and protect the state’s freshwater fisheries. The proposed regulations are the result of careful assessment of fish populations and the desire of anglers for more fishing opportunities. DEC will be accepting public comments on the proposals until November 2, 2009. The opportunity for public review follows discussions held with angling interest groups over the past year.
Anglers Encouraged to Comment
“New York provides some of the best fishing in the nation, and every two years DEC modifies existing freshwater sportfishing regulations and proposes new regulations to help ensure that this remains the case,” said Commissioner Grannis. “I encourage anglers to review these proposed changes and provide us with their comments.”
In order to receive input early in the process, changes under consideration for this proposal were available on DEC’s website prior to the announcement. The feedback received was integral to developing the regulation changes that are now being formally proposed.
Several of the changes under consideration would remove special regulations that are no longer warranted. See the complete freshwater fishing press release for highlights of the proposals, as well as links to their complete text and how to comment.
Source: NYC DEC
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