The state’s new saltwater angler registry apparently is making waves.
The Recreational Fishing Alliance and its New Jersey chapter reported Friday its personnel have been busy this week responding to angler’s questions about the free saltwater angler registry.
As of this past Wednesday, the state requires that all anglers who fish in coastal waters must register their contact information with the state at www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov.
Anglers must have proof of registration if they are checked by law enforcement personne on the water.
The penalty for non-compliance can be fines of $300 to $3,000 for a first offense, and up to $5,000 for a second offense.
“It’s outrageous to have that type of fine structure,’’ RFA-NJ Chairman Capt. Adam Nowalsky said in a release. “On the saltwater fishing front, nothing else compares,”
“It’s totally vindictive. They’re going to be chasing people down and writing tickets,” added RFA Executive Director Jim Donofrio.
RFA-NJ is urging all anglers to register with the state to avoid getting hammered by any excessive fines.