2011-06-30 / News

Saltwater fishing licenses available on website

With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the 2011 saltwater fishing season underway, the Department of Environmental Management reminds anglers and spearfi shers that a 2011 saltwater fishing license is needed to fish recreationally in all marine waters.

To obtain a license, visit www.saltwater.ri.gov. For Rhode Island residents over 65 and for active military personnel stationed in the state, licenses are free but still required. For all others, the $7 fee ($10 for nonresidents) is payable using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Once the information is entered, you can immediately print your license and begin fishing. Anglers and spearfishers also have the option of purchasing a license at participating bait and tackle shops and sporting good stores, using cash or a credit card. No license is needed for children under 16; anglers fishing on a licensed party or charter boat; anglers who hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling permit; anglers or spearfi shers who are on leave from active military duty; or anglers or spearfi shers who are blind or permanently disabled.

A seven-day license is also available for $5.

The Rhode Island license covers all Rhode Island marine waters, all offshore federal waters, the waters of neighboring states, and all other reciprocal state marine waters throughout the United States. The federal registration is honored in Rhode Island waters, but now costs $15 and it is not honored by neighboring states. Other state licenses are also honored in Rhode Island waters.

The Rhode Island license expires at the end of each calendar year. Anyone who obtained a Rhode Island license in 2010 must obtain a new license for 2011.

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