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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NJ Gov. Signs Free Saltwater Fishing License Bill

New Jersey will apply to the federal National Marine Fisheries Service for an exemption from the National Saltwater Angler Registry Program.  Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that will establish a free fishing registry in the state as mandated by a federal law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that was reauthorized by Congress in 2007.

The bill overwhelmingly passed in the state senate and assembly before it was singed into law by Governor Christie.

Senator Jeff Van Drew, one of the laws sponsors said, “At a time when residents are struggling to pay their property taxes and other escalating costs, it will be nice to be able to say that New Jersey is still a place where someone can go out on the ocean, and throw a line in the water for free.”