Don’t Forget Your Freshwater License & Saltwater Registration - The Fisherman

Don’t Forget Your Freshwater License & Saltwater Registration

Are you registered to fish in marine waters?  According to the most recent stats released by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, not everyone who fishes the marine waters of New Jersey are registered.

As of April 29, 2024, there were 54,910 individuals and 793 for-hire vessels registered with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP) for 2024. According to the Division, as of March 28, there were 39,553 individuals and 600 for-hire vessels registered for 2024.

Considering a 39% registration increase between the months of March and April, one could assume that the number of anglers registered to fish saltwater as of July 1 would be in the neighborhood of approximately 106,000 people.  The final numbers for the months of June and July would be expected ready for release sometime later this summer into the fall.

According to NOAA Fisheries estimates through the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) the number of saltwater anglers in New Jersey is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 million persons.

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The saltwater registration requirement has been in place since January of 2010 under federal law (Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006) that requires the federal government to create a national registry of saltwater anglers.

Earlier this year the Division updated the licensing process to merge the marine database with the accounts for New Jersey hunters and anglers.  Registering to fish in marine waters is still free in New Jersey, and when you add your saltwater registration to the online cart, there will be zero cost.

According to the Division, migrating the Registry to the licensing system enables ‘one stop shopping’, allowing folks to register along with purchasing your shellfish, crabbing or freshwater fishing licenses/permits. Unlike other state licenses and permits, Saltwater Registrations are only available online.

Remember that saltwater registration certificates will not be mailed and will need to be printed from the licensing page on your home or office computer. Registration certificates can be saved to a computer and/or accessed by logging into your customer profile, where you can reprint as many times as needed.

If you already have a customer profile, you will simply login using your last name and date of birth (DOB) and then click the Saltwater Registry button to ‘purchase’ a free Saltwater Registration (individual or for-hire).

If you are new to the licensing system, you will need to fill out your contact information and then proceed to ‘purchase’ your free Saltwater Registration and/or any other licenses you may need. After signing up, you will be able to access your customer profile by logging in using your last name and DOB.   Anyone over the age of 18 will need to provide the online system with their Driver’s License Number or their State Issued ID card number.

If you have questions, contact Marine Fisheries staff by emailing [email protected] or by phone at 609-748-2020.  To secure your hunting and fishing license, and/or registration stamps required for 2024 go to nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales. You can also go to saltwaterregistry.nj.gov and select the Register button on the right-hand side of the page.

To get your Delaware license go to dnrec.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/licenses, while Pennsylvania fishing licenses can be found on the homepage at fishandboat.com.

New York’s saltwater registration is located online at the “easy-to-remember” intuitively named domain address of www.dec.ny.gov/regulatory/permits-licenses/sporting-and-use/sporting/recreational-marine-fishing-registry.

Remember, when you’re fishing across state lines, the waters where you are at any point are the rules and regulations you need to follow; that’s the same with season, size and bag limit requirements as well as for license and/or registration (except on the Delaware River where New Jersey and Pennsylvania have a reciprocation agreement for freshwater licenses).

Visit TheFisherman.com for a complete listing of licensing and registration requirements for coastal states from Maine to Maryland.

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