Recreational Marine Fishing Registry

On March 31, 2011, the New York no-fee recreational marine fishing registry was set in place to comply with state laws. This suspended the fee associated with the state’s recreational marine fishing license that was originally set up in October 2009, Information from the New York registry is incorporated into the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) nationwide database of recreational marine anglers. The database helps in efficiently obtaining fishing activity information, which is vital in setting quotas, size and bag limits, and fishing seasons each year.

Anglers age 16 and older need to register; Registration is valid for one full calendar-year: January 1 through December 31. Therefore, anglers must enroll in the New York State registry once a year prior to any fishing activity.

How to Register

Visit any location where fishing and hunting licenses are sold, which includes:

most town clerk offices;

many bait and tackle shops;

sporting goods stores; or

Register online

Call 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) Proof of Registration

When registering in person you will immediately receive a registration card that you must carry with you at all times while angling. If registering by phone or online, you will receive a confirmation number receipt that you must carry with you for the first two to three weeks until receiving your registration card in the mail.













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