VMRC will entertain public comment on September 28 for a new saltwater angler license fee schedule (See proposed rates below). According to VMRC, the higher fees are required to pay for a new saltwater angler registration program, as required by the federal government and the General Assembly.
The new registry program is called the Fisherman Identification Program (FIP). It would go into effect Jan 1, 2011. Purchasing a Virginia saltwater license automatically registers an angler in the FIP program. However, many who are not required to purchase a license would still need to register with the FIP.
Supporters of the plan say it will eliminate the need for Virginia saltwater anglers to pay $15 to $25 to participate in a federal registration plan.
Stakeholders are encouraged to register their comments with VMRC by 5pm September 27.
Comments can be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA 23607