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VMRC launches new Fisherman ID Program

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has launched its new Fisherman Identification Program to register saltwater anglers who fish legally without a saltwater fishing license.

Anglers who do not need to buy a license under state law must register with the new Virginia Fisherman Identification Program for free and supply their contact information before they fish every year, according to John Bull of VMRC.

Anglers who buy a saltwater fishing license will be automatically registered.

The intent is to create a Virginia-wide "phone book" of saltwater anglers, which will be given to the National Marine Fisheries Service in order to improve fishing effort surveys and to exempt Virginia anglers from having to sign up directly with the National Saltwater Angler Registry and pay an annual $15 federal registration fee.

Since Virginia has been exempted, the state’s saltwater anglers will not have to pay the fee or sign up with the national registry. However, in order ...

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