If New Jersey lawmakers don’t act soon, residents who enjoy saltwater fishing could face a license fee from a federal administration.
While state lawmakers debate whether saltwater fishers should pay a state fee for licenses, the delay in decision making could result in a $15 federal licensing fee, the Burlington County Times reports.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration charges licensing fees for all saltwater fishers whose states don’t have their own registries. Currently, New Jersey and Hawaii are the only two states without registries. The NOAA uses the fee to create a registry of saltwater fishers. States with their own registries provide that information to the NOAA.
New Jersey lawmakers now must decide if its state registry should be free or come with a $2 fee.