Senator JEFF VAN DREW
District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)
Senator JENNIFER BECK
District 12 (Mercer and Monmouth)
Senators S.Kean, Beach, Madden and Norcross
Requires DEP to establish free recreational saltwater fishing registry.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on December 9, 2010, with amendments.
An Act concerning saltwater fishing 1[,] and1 supplementing P.L.1979, c.199 (C.23:2B-1 et seq.) 1[, and repealing section 82 of P.L.1979, c.199]1.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. The commissioner, in consultation with the Marine Fisheries Council, shall establish and implement a registry program for saltwater recreational anglers, which program shall provide for:
(1) the registration, including 1the name, date of birth, address, telephone number, and other1 identification and contact information 1determined to be necessary by the department pursuant to federal requirements1, of individuals who engage in recreational fishing:
(a) in the Exclusive Economic Zone;
(b) for anadromous species; 1[or]1
(c) for Continental Shelf fishery resources beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone; 1or
(d) in the tidal waters of the State;1 and
(2) the registration, including the ownership, operator, and identification of the vessel, of vessels used in such fishing.
b. (1) The registry program established pursuant to this section shall comply with the provisions of the registry program to be established pursuant to the “Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006,” Pub.L.109-479 (16 U.S.C. s.1801 et seq.).
(2) Upon establishment of the registry program pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall apply to the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for exempted state designation from the federal registration requirements.
c. The department shall not charge a fee for the registration required pursuant to this section.
1d. A person who is under 16 years of age or a customer fishing from a state-licensed or federally permitted for-hire vessel shall not be required to register pursuant to this section.1
1[2. Section 82 of P.L.1979, c.199 (C.23:2B-18) is repealed.]1
1[3.] 2.1 This act shall take effect immediately.