DEM ANNOUNCES THAT SALTWATER FISHING LICENSES WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND AT NEW ENGLAND SALTWATER FISHING SHOW
PROVIDENCE — Recreational saltwater anglers will be able to obtain saltwater fishing licenses at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show at the RI Convention Center this week-end. The Show runs from Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13th. It is the largest saltwater fishing show in the Northeast.
The Department of Environmental Management will have a booth at the show, at which the licenses will be sold. To obtain a license, anglers will need a driver’s license or state ID and a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Payments will be processed by RI.gov’s secure payment system and licenses will be printed on the spot. As an added benefit, licenses obtained at the show will be printed on waterproof paper.
Licenses can also be obtained, anytime, via the license program’s online service, which is available at: http://www.saltwater.ri.gov. Licenses may also be obtained at participating vendors, which are listed on the website.
The cost of the license is $7 per year for RI residents and $10 per year for non-residents. A temporary seven-day license is also available for $5. The license is free for anglers who are over 65 years of age and for active military personnel who are stationed in RI. No license is required of anglers under 16 years of age, for anglers fishing on licensed charter and party boats, for anglers who are on leave from active military duty, and for anglers who are blind or permanently disabled.
Rhode Island’s recreational saltwater license program took effect in 2010. It provides recreational saltwater anglers and spear fishermen with a convenient, cost-effective way to meet new federal requirements without having to register federally, at a cost of $15. The RI license is not only cheaper, but also more broadly applicable then the federal registration. Rhode Island license holders may fish legally in all RI marine waters and in federal waters and in all state waters throughout New England (as well as in all other reciprocal state marine waters throughout the U.S.). The RI license is issued annually, and covers the entire calendar year. Anyone who obtained a license in 2010 must obtain a new license for 2011, if they plan to fish this year.
The new RI license program is designed to improve the quality of marine recreational fishing data. More accurate assessments of recreational catch and effort will help to ensure that recreational fishing regulations are fair and effective. License fee revenues cannot be used for any purpose that is unrelated to RI marine recreational fishing.