A dramatic change in the position of the Department of Marine Resources will give all Maine saltwater anglers a free fishing registry, something many of us have worked to achieve for three years since Congress enacted a federal mandate to establish a registry of saltwater anglers in each state.
Norm Olsen, DMR’s new commissioner, with the strong support of his boss, Governor Paul LePage, has endorsed Senator David Trahan’s bill to create a free registry for saltwater anglers. Before today, DMR had vigorously opposed the free registry.
Last year the Maine legislature authorized a Maine saltwater registry, free for inland anglers but not for those who only fish in the saltwater. This action allowed Maine saltwater anglers to avoid a new requirement that they register with the federal government and pay $15.