Augusta, Maine (AP) – The Maine House has rejected a bill
calling for a saltwater license for recreational fishermen.
The bill voted down by a 96-45 roll call vote Monday would have
brought Maine into compliance with federal requirements. An amended
version would have set $5 annual fees for residents and $15 for
The issue is not settled, however. State Sen. David Trahan is
sponsoring a bill requiring fishermen to register with the state or
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Trahan, a
Waldoboro Republican, said he’s been assured that his bill would
provide the federal government with the information it wants.
NOAA last December announced it will begin requiring all
saltwater fishermen to be included in a national angler registry
beginning in January 2010.