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December 7, 2010

S.C. anglers exempt from new federal registry fee

Marine anglers possessing a valid South Carolina Saltwater Recreational fishing license are not required to register with in the National Saltwater Angler Registry Program.

Anglers are also exempt from registering if they are under 16; only fish on federally permitted charter, party or guide boats; hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling permit; or are fishing commercially under a valid license. The South Carolina license was modified in 2009 to satisfy the requirements for an exemption from the federal registry, and license holders do not need to take further action.

The National Saltwater Angler Registry helps the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to gauge the health of marine fisheries. Congress created the registry, a national directory of anglers, to improve surveys of fishermen used to assess the health of fish stocks and the economic contributions of anglers. Through effective regulations based on data collected through the registry and exempt license programs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration helps to preserve recreational fishing for the anglers, fishing businesses, coastal communities and millions of Americans whose lives and livelihoods are connected to saltwater fishing.

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