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Old 06-11-2009, 06:54 AM
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Saltwater License for CT - its official!!!

Begining Monday next week, a saltwater license becomes mandatory in CT. The following message has appeared on a number of other sites.


It has passed both houses and as of this morning it is sitting on the Governors desk awaiting her signature. It takes effect on Monday June 15th, 2009. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents, anglers over 65 get a free lifetime license. It will be reciprocal with bordering states if they agree to honor our licenses.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:06 AM
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I know there has been some grumbling about saltwater licenses but overall I think it is a good move and will lend a louder voice to recreational anglers and their conservation concerns.

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Here's the interesting part. All this in the name of getting an accurate count of the recreational fisherman in the state. Look what I read from a friend. Phil





If the purpose of the saltwater license is to give the feds an accurate count of recreational anglers, then it should be reciprocal with ALL other states.

If it is not, whenever someone buys a non-resident license in say, Massachusetts,as many of us do, they will be counted twice.

The data gathered will still be suspect and will show far more recreational anglers than there actually are.
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Well I hope the moneys go into saltwater fisheries and not the general fund like the non-resident freshwater license does. But I think this is just wishful thinking.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:42 AM
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Seems that New York has also voted in favor of this.

The issue with CT is that as Midnight Sunday you will need a license to fish CT maritime waters and yet, at this time, I can't find anywhere to buy one.

The DEP website still says you don't need one!

****** Update *******

Apparently you can get the license from the DEP website! It just doesn't mention it anywhere until you register in the online system - then it gives you the $10 marine license option - I'll check it out when I get back to CT Monday.

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RI is close as well. Looks like it will be $7 for residents and $10 for non. Bill has not passed but the way it is written RI will honor any other states license so CT guys only need to have one license. And it looks like in that case CT will honors ours.

$7 is a small price to pay to enjoy one of the greatest fisheries left in the world. Hopefully getting a good view on the amount of recreational guys fishing we can then apply some pressure to reduce limits as we are killing too many fish.

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Does anyone else find it odd that states are not charging the same amount even though they plan to reciprocate? Especially if you can buy a license on line.
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Does anyone else find it odd that states are not charging the same amount even though they plan to reciprocate? Especially if you can buy a license on line.
It's about as odd as having different size and bag limits from state to state .

I don't care if I have to pay $7 or $10 or $20, as long as I can buy a single license to fish in MA, CT and RI.

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http://www.ct.http://www.chttp://wwh...epNav_GID=1630

I found it and it says the saltwater license is temporarily unavailable. Check back periodically. The Gov. has not officially signed it into law yet but will. Onje can be obtained at the town hall with a simple swipe of your trout license.

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http://www.ct.http://www.chttp://wwh...epNav_GID=1630

I found it and it says the saltwater license is temporarily unavailable. Check back periodically. The Gov. has not officially signed it into law yet but will. Onje can be obtained at the town hall with a simple swipe of your trout license.

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Thanks Phil - that's good to know.
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