04 June 2009

Connecticut Senate Passes Saltwater Fishing License Bill

Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

“The bill establishes, with certain exceptions, a sports fishing marine waters fishing license for anyone over age 16 who takes, attempts to take, or assists in taking any fish or bait species in the marine district by any method or who lands marine fish and bait species in the state, regardless of where the marine fish or bait species are taken (e. g. , anadromous fish species, such as striped bass, swim from saltwater to freshwater to spawn). The law requires a recreational license for inland (freshwater) fishing and a commercial license for commercial fishing in the marine district.

“Under the bill, the sports marine license fee is $ 10 for residents and $ 15 for nonresidents. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) commissioner may issue people age 65 and older who have been state residents for at least one year an annual marine waters fishing license for free. The bill requires town clerks to retain a $ 1 recording fee for each marine waters fishing license they issue.”

Read it and weep at Connecticut Legislature

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

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