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Old 08-27-2009, 01:20 PM
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http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/recre...ec_license.htm

The Commonwealth has formed a Recreational Registry Steering Committee to provide input on alternative strategies to implementation of a National Saltwater Angler Registry in Massachusetts waters. Key representatives from various sectors of the Commonwealth’s marine recreational fishery have been invited to be part of this new committee:
At the first meeting of the Recreational Registry Steering Committee held on June 19th in Falmouth, the Committee unanimously supported exploration of a state licensing program by the Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries). MarineFisheries staff is currently drafting proposals for further discussion by the Recreational Registry Steering Committee. To submit comments or questions please email Melanie Griffin.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:29 PM
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GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS SALTWATER FISHING PERMIT LAW
Massachusetts permit will cost less than federal alternative and keep benefits local
BOSTON – Tuesday, November 24, 2009 – Governor Deval Patrick has signed legislation creating a state saltwater fishing registry that requires saltwater anglers to purchase permits to fish in coastal waters starting in 2011, with proceeds benefitting state marine fisheries programs that improve public access and resource management.

“Many stakeholders have worked together to protect the state’s interests in designing this legislation,” Governor Patrick said. “I thank the legislators and recreational fishing organizations who crafted this measure and were instrumental in its passage.”
“By signing this legislation into law, Governor Patrick demonstrates the Commonwealth’s commitment to collecting recreational fishing data in order to comply with federal requirements, which will lead to better management of fisheries off our coast,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles.
In 2006, the United States Congress amended the Magnuson-Stevens Act to require a national recreational saltwater fishing registry. Congress charged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with creating the registry, which scientists could access to improve recreational fishing data and fisheries management. Under the federal system, saltwater anglers must register online or by telephone in 2010. Beginning in 2011, federal registration will cost from $15 to $25 in states that do not have a saltwater permit systems.
The federal legislation included a provision allowing states to create their own saltwater fishing permit systems in lieu of participation in the federal registry. The law signed by Governor Patrick enables the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to require saltwater anglers to purchase a saltwater fishing permit beginning in January 2011.
Under the new state law, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will propose an individual permit fee of $10, with revenue from permit sales deposited into a state Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund administered by DMF in consultation with a newly created Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel. The revenue will pay for data collection and administration of the permitting program, programs to improve public access for recreational fishing, and better fisheries management.
“The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game and its Division of Marine Fisheries look forward to designing a lower cost permit system that will improve fisheries data and provide local benefits to Massachusetts recreational fishermen,” said DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin.
“I am pleased that the salt water permit legislation approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Patrick is reflective of the deliberations of the committee that worked so hard to make sure that the permit will benefit Massachusetts’ salt water anglers,” said Chuck Casella, chairman of the Recreational Registry Steering Committee.
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the enjoyment and conservation of the Commonwealth’s natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land preservation and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and game species, and enforcement of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth’s lakes and ponds.
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Old 12-31-2009, 04:30 PM
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This is already a FEDERAL clusterF$#!.

I tried to apply for the Fed license both online and via phone.

The Fed online app. just gives you dead links. https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/

The phone 888 number has nobody home and you get an answering machine.

"Please Note: Registration is quick, easy, and FREE in 2010. Anglers can register through our website or by calling (888) MRIP-411. Operators are available 7 days a week from 4:00 am to 12:00 midnight (EST). "

The site to send comments to is also a DEAD EMAIL LINK:

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Looks like anybody fishing this weekend will be a criminal.
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I just signed up on the Federal registry ( I didn't have to because I hold a Federal tuna permit) and it went as smooth as @%$^ through a goose..
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Worked for me.
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You couldn't apply until the calendar changed to 2010 should be working fine now. Don't forget next year we get to pay for the license so enjoy your free one this year. On the plus side with all the money they're gonna make by 2013 we'll be able to access a fish just about every inch of shoreline along the eastern seaboard. I'm going to start holding my breath now.
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Just came from the tackle shop where we were talking about the registration which i've already done and they told me that sometime this season they were going to make us get a licence anyone heard any more about this.
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If I have a NSAR card do I still need a Ma. salt water license? VT
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Got my NSAR card. Thanks for the heads up!

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If I have a NSAR card do I still need a Ma. salt water license? VT
Starting in 2011 you need a mass license not a NSAR card. For 2010 you need the NSAR card to fish saltwater in mass.
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The proposed state permit fee is $10 for residents and non-residents alike.
Anglers that are 60 years and older will need to obtain a state permit in 2011 but there will be no fee.
Everyone 16 years and older will need to register in 2010 and procure a state permit in 2011; there is no private boat or family permit category that covers a group of individuals.
Anglers who are younger than 16, or disabled, or who fish only on permitted for-hire vessels like charters boats or head-boats, do not have to register in 2010 or obtain a state permit in 2011.

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/recre...its.htm#permit
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What about people 60 and older?
People 60 and older must obtain a permit but the permit is free for these individuals (although a small fee will be charged by the vendor to process the permit through the internet).

As of January 1, 2011, Massachusetts has reciprocity agreements with:
New Hampshire
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In order to fish recreationally for finfish in Massachusetts marine waters, saltwater fishermen must have:
  • A MA Recreational Saltwater Fishing permit, or
  • A recreational saltwater fishing permit from a state that has a reciprocity agreement with Massachusetts. As of January 1, 2011, Massachusetts has reciprocity agreements with:
    New Hampshire
What is the cost of the MA Permit?
The annual cost for both residents and non-residents is $10.
Who does not need a permit?


No permit is required for:
  • Anglers who are under 16 years of age
  • Anglers fishing on permitted for-hire vessels
  • Anglers who regardless of their age, otherwise meet the definition of a disabled person in M.G.L. c. 19C
What about people 60 and older?
People 60 and older must obtain a permit but the permit is free for these individuals (although a small fee will be charged by the vendor to process the permit through the internet).

Paper Application can be mailed in with a check (if applicable) or brought to one of our permitting facilities. Please note that our Gloucester and New Bedford offices only accept checks or money orders. Our Boston office accepts checks, money orders, or cash (exact change only).
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/recre...pplication.pdf
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A recent check of the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game website reveals that the state will now extend reciprocity to anglers who hold a valid saltwater license from Rhode Island, Connecticut or New Hampshire.

http://boatinglocal.com/news/ma-to-h...ri-and-nh.html

Some good news for a change
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