Recreational Fishing Alliance (NY)¬†
Contact:¬† Jim Hutchinson, Jr. / 888-564-6732¬† ¬†For Immediate Release
¬†NY SALTWATER ANGLERS DO NO NOT NEED A LICENSE TO FISH!
Question Answered As New Budget Immediately Repeals Saltwater Fishing Fee
New York's saltwater anglers are officially off the hook with regard to paying a fee to fish!
Andrew Cuomo's new $132.5 billion budget passed before the April 1
deadline immediately repeals the saltwater fishing license and replaces
it with a free registry coordinated through the state Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC).¬† Swapping out a fee-based saltwater
fishing license with a free registry should allow New York to retain its
federal registry exemption, thereby allowing state anglers to avoid
having to pay a $15 federal fee to fish.¬† As part of the Environmental
Conservation budget bill, the registry will be no cost to anglers for at
least the next two years.¬†
According to state Senator
Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), an agreement secured through leaders from the
senate, assembly and governor's office last week helped pave the way for
the repeal, which includes a full refund of the lifetime license fee
($150), no reduction to the balance of the Conservation Fund and an
additional $1.9 million in General Fund support for Marine Bureau
operations. Also effective immediately, party and charter boat captains
no longer have to buy a $400 annual saltwater license to cover their
Sen. Zeldin, who helped spearhead senate
efforts to repeal the saltwater user fee, also said the DEC's Marine
Bureau will not be responsible for paying for jobs for which it assumed
responsibility in 2009, and added that full compliance with the federal
saltwater fishing registry requirements means New Yorkers will not have
to purchase any separate registrations.
"This is a
piece of legislation that is very important to the needs of my
district," Zeldin told NewsLI.com. "I would like to thank not only my
senate and assembly colleagues who spent hours listening to me and
working with me, but I would also like to thank the thousands of
fishermen, including the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), who
called, wrote, faxed and signed our petition," stated Senator Zeldin.
February, Senator Zeldin introduced a bill (S3638) to repeal the
saltwater fishing license fee, and has been working the halls of the
Capitol ever since to bring a broad coalition together to fight for its
repeal. The budget agreement finalized by Governor Cuomo's approved
budget now sets the Conservation Fund balance at $22.2 million as of
today, with a projected balance totaling more than $38 million in the
fund as of April 1, 2012.¬†
Fee Will Be Gone in 180 Days - Replaced By Free Registry
York's saltwater fishing license is being repealed!
to the Associated Press, New York lawmakers and the Cuomo administration have
just reached an agreement to end the state's $10 annual saltwater fishing
license and replace it with a free registry for the state's coastal
waters.¬† Legislators announcing the change yesterday say it will
cover two years.
Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) received a "high priority" email sent
through DEC channels yesterday afternoon regarding the license repeal, noting
that budget discussions between Governor Cuomo and the New York state
legislature helped facilitate the repeal effort, which is said will take place
in the next 180 days.¬†
Tuesday, March 15th, a Senate Budget Resolution calling for the repeal of the
MTA Payroll Tax for public and private schools, as well as full repeal of the
saltwater fishing license was passed in the New York Senate.¬† "I
made clear from the beginning of the Budget process that I would not support any
new taxes or fees," Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) said last week.
Zeldin, a Long Island saltwater angler, last month introduced legislation in the
New York Senate (S3638) which would amend the environmental conservation law in
relation to establishing a registration system for saltwater recreational
fishing, essentially repealing that part which mandates that a fee to fish be
levied on saltwater anglers. ¬†Under the Senate Budget Resolution
passed last week, the saltwater fishing license and fee would end with the
expiration of the current 2011 license.........