AUGUSTA (AP) — The long-debated issue of saltwater fishing licenses in Maine is close to a resolution.
The House and Senate gave final approval Friday to a bill that creates a saltwater recreational fishing registry run by the state. Those registering would pay $1 or $2 agency fees.
Striped bass endorsements will cost $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.
Fees for commercial operator’s licenses, including charters and smelt camps, would be $50.
Opponents said they objected to the government taking away the tradition of free fishing in saltwater. But supporters said states must play a role in managing ocean fisheries.