NYS Saltwater Fishing License Fee Abolished

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Fishing free—as it ought to be! Photo, nydiscovery7

Good news for East End fishermen: The New York State 2013–2014 budget, passed on March 28, has eliminated the saltwater fishing licensing fee.

“For many in our region, fishing is a way of life,” said Senator Ken LaValle. “Mandating a license placed a burden on individuals and families who have fished our local waters for generations. I voted against the license law and fee when it was part of the 2009 budget and I’m happy to see the demise of what was essentially a hidden tax.”

Previously, a three-year moratorium on the fee had been secured in the 2011–2012 budget.

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