Short-Lived NYS Marine License?
Did any of you guys see what Schumer's battling on his latest mission?
The Marine fishing license! Wow. Looks like the extra ten bucks really ticked off the richies out there on the east end of Long Island so he is going to bat for them. He is lobbying to do away with the license (and fee) and make a 'registry' instead to fulfill the mandate from the Feds.
The Feds (rightfully, in my opinion) want a better idea of 'how many people are fishing'. And what they are fishing for, etc.
While I was in New Jersey over Columbus Day the guys at Fisherman's Headquarters were taking about it down there and it sounded like the state of NJ has ZERO interest in charging people to fish the saltwater.
Have you heard about this, Backin?
They are thinking of opting for a 'Saltwater Registry' to document who is fishing. No charge, just adding your name to an online database so they can send it to the Feds.
Now Charles Schumer here in New York got wind of that and wants to do the same thing.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Schumer carries a helluva' big stick in this State.
I can't believe he is taking on the DEC with this. Wow. Maybe we'll be back to free Stripers again!
Here is the story from todays Times Union: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=854712