Saltwater License Update from Chuck Casella

"Just to follow up with you, as expected the Federal government announced at the end of last month that a Federal saltwater fishing registry/license will NOT be required for the calendar year 2009. There was a lot of comment received by them to delay the requirement until 2010 to allow states to develop their own registry/license system that would satisfy the Federal requirement. The plans right now are to require a registry/license starting in 2010. As I talked about at the December meeting, Mass is developing a program to satisfy the Federal requirement. Things are still status quo on the state level but I a Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Commission this week actually in Gloucester. We will be discussing the next steps at the state level. I will keep you posted."