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Saltwater Registry Information

December 7, 2009

The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds saltwater anglers that the federal government's National Saltwater Angler Registry Program requires most New Jersey saltwater anglers to register prior to fishing in 2010.

You must register if you…

  • Fish for or catch anadromous species (striped bass, shad, river herring) in state tidal waters
  • Fish in Federal waters (more than 3 miles from shore)
You do not have to register if you…
  • Are under 16 years of age
  • Only fish on federally licensed party or charter boats
  • Hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit
  • Have a saltwater license from any of the following states:
    New York
    North Carolina
    South Carolina
Online and telephone registration will begin January 1, 2010. Register online at or call toll free 1-888-MRIP-411 (1-888-674-7411). Registration is free in 2010.

Please visit for additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions about the National Saltwater Angler Registry Program and the new Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)."

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Last Updated: December 21, 2009