State anglers must register with NOAA

December 25, 2009

State officials say all Maryland recreational anglers must register with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before fishing in 2010. The requirement is part of a federal initiative to help ensure the long-term sustainability of America's fisheries. Although the survey is focused on saltwater species, some ocean fish travel between salt and fresh waters, so anyone fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and coastal waters must register. Anglers must provide their name, birth date, address, telephone number and the regions they plan to fish. Registration information is available online at www.countmyfish.noaa.gov. State officials say they expect to make the annual registration part of the Maryland fishing license application process starting in 2011.

- Associated Press

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