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NH: Saltwater recreational fishing license fee changes to $11 as of July 1

CONCORD, N.H. — As of July 1, 2011, the fee saltwater anglers
pay to get a N.H. Saltwater Recreational Fishing License will be
$11. The mid-year change results from Legislative action carried
out by the recently passed budget bill (House Bill 2), which sets
the license cost at $10; the standard $1 agent fee brings the total
cost to $11.

Since January 1, 2011, saltwater anglers in New Hampshire have
paid $16 for the saltwater fishing license, which is required for
individuals recreational anglers and spearfishers to take, possess,
or transport finfish from coastal and estuarine waters of the
state. The new license was established through legislation passed
in 2009. It replaced the National Saltwater Angler Registry,
helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of saltwater
fishing. Funds from license sales stay in New Hampshire, helping
the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department manage fish, wildlife
and marine resources.

N.H. Fish and Game had requested that any legislatively mandated
fee reduction not take place until the start of the new license
year on January 1, however, an omission in the law made the change
effective on July 1. No refunds can be made to persons who have
already purchased the 2011 license at the current price, per the
Attorney General.

The license fee reduction will mean less revenue available to
the N.H. Fish and Game Department, a self-supported agency. “It’s
expected that the $5 drop in the license fee will reduce Fish and
Game’s revenue by $250,000 per year,” said Executive Director Glenn
Normandeau.

What that means for the agency is not yet clear. “We’ll have to
adjust our budget to accommodate the loss of revenue, but no
decisions have been made as to how we’ll do that, pending final
status of the Fish and Game fund at the end of the fiscal year,”
Normandeau said.

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