Open water

    The New Jersey State Senate will decide today if the state will establish its own saltwater fishing registry. If not, fishers will pay a federal fee.

     

    Today is the deadline for the Senate committee, who must decide if they’ll require the state’s 496,000 anglers to pay a small state fee for the $15 fee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registry. The latter would put $7.4 million in the federal treasury, reports the press of Atlantic City.

    Though the NOAA would still need to approve the request even after Senate approval, most other coastal states have been granted permission to create their own registries.

    The vote was set for 10 a.m. this morning.

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