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http://www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/pressrelease2010/121410.asp

New License Requirements For Maryland Anglers Go Into Effect January 1

Changes Will Allow Maryland to Comply with New Federal Law

Annapolis, Md. (December 14, 2010) - Effective January 1, 2011, anglers who fish in Maryland will see significant changes to sportfishing license requirements. Enacted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), many of these changes are being implemented to allow the State to comply with Federal law calling for a national database of saltwater anglers.

"Marylanders are blessed with exciting, abundant recreational fishing opportunities," said DNR's Fisheries Director Tom O'Connell. "These changes will help us gather information critical to managing these fisheries for the long term."

Notable changes include:

•A single comprehensive saltwater sport fishing license has been created to replace the one in effect since 1985. The new Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License will now cover Maryland waters off the Atlantic coast, including the coastal bays, in addition to Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.

•The NOAA National Saltwater Angler Registration will no longer be valid for anglers fishing in Maryland waters. DNR will provide angler contact information to NOAA obtained through State licenses and registration.

•A new recreational sport fishing license fee structure has been adopted and registration for certain unlicensed anglers will be required. The license fees for several non-resident categories of Maryland's recreational fishing licenses have been changed and five-day licenses have been extended to seven days.

•We strongly encourage everyone who plans to fish in Maryland to take the time to learn about these changes and how residents and visitors - including those exempt from holding a license - will be impacted," added O'Connell.
Specific details on the changes, new fee structure and exemptions are available at www.dnr.state.md.us/service/fishing_license.asp. Anglers with questions can email [email protected] or call (410) 656-9526.

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December 14, 2010 Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
[email protected]
 

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I was told by DNR that the boat license only covers the person listed.

Others fishing on that boat will still need to register ( for free ) unless they too have a license.
 

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Once you have this license will it cover you in other states, e.g. if I'm fishing off the beach in OBX?
In most cases the individual state you are fishing in would have a state license that "covers you" for the federal requirements in the same way the MD license does in 2011. You would be covered by the individual state license in NC and most other Atlantic coastal states, but not NJ or a few other jurisdictions listed on the website below.

https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/

In addition, the press release below suggests that if you are registered in any state via a state license that would cover you if you fish in other states or jurisdictions where the license does not cover you.

https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/newsroom/downloads/Registry_Fee_nov10.pdf
 

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Just as Skip said
I was told by DNR that the boat license only covers the person listed.

Others fishing on that boat will still need to register ( for free ) unless they too have a license.
I received my licenses this past week and all have to register through a link with the MD DNR. The way I see it there is no difference than last year except MD may not have to shell out any monies for another agency to register the anglers. The only gripe that I have with the program is that if you have different guests throughout the year that fish only once they have to go thru the last minute registration process. Why not let the Captain be accountable for maintaining a log and reporting?
 
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