NY Salt Water Fishing License 2009 Information

Marine Fishing License Fees (2009-2010)
Effective October 1, 2009, persons 16 years of age and older fishing in the marine (Saltwater) and coastal district or fishing any waters (such as the Hudson River, Delaware River and their tributaries) where the angler is fishing for “migratory fish from the sea” (such as striped bass, American shad, hickory shad, blueback herring, and alewife) need to acquire a recreational marine fishing license.
The marine and coastal district includes all waters of the Atlantic Ocean within three nautical miles from the coast and all other tidal waters within the state, including the Hudson River up to the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.

Resident Marine Fishing License Fees (2009-2010)
Resident License Type Fee
Annual Marine Fishing $ 10.00
7 day Marine Fishing $ 8.00
1 day Marine Fishing $ 4.00

Non-Resident Marine Fishing License Fees (2009-2010)
Non-Resident License Type Fee
Annual Fishing $ 15.00
7 day Fishing $ 10.00
1 day Fishing $ 5.00

Where can I purchase a recreational marine fishing license?
Recreational marine fishing licenses will be offered for sale as part of DEC’s automated licensing system (DECALS) and will be available at all locations where hunting and fishing licenses are offered (most town clerks; many bait and tackle shops; sporting goods stores; DEC regional offices in Albany, Allegheny, Buffalo, Ray Brook, Stony Brook, and Watertown).

  • You can also purchase your licenses via telephone 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) or online by visiting the DEC http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6101.html
  • at any license issuing outlet (most town clerks’ offices and many sporting goods stores),
  • by phone:* 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257), or
  • by mail: VERIZONbusiness, P.O. Box 36985, Phoenix AZ 85067-6985 (download a mail order application form for residents (43K pdf) or non-residents (31K pdf). If you purchased a sporting license through our computerized licensing system last year, please include the 12-digit Customer ID Number from your license privilege panel in the space provided on the top of the form.

I have a lifetime fishing license, do I still need to purchase a recreational marine license?
Yes. The privileges for fishing in the Marine and Coastal District were not covered previously under any type of license so you must now pay for those privileges.

I have a lifetime sportsman license; do I still need to purchase a recreational marine license?
Yes. The privileges for fishing in the Marine and Coastal District were not covered previously under any type of license so you must now pay for those privileges.

Can I upgrade my lifetime sportsman license to include lifetime marine recreational fishing?
Currently, there are no provisions for an upgrade to add the recreational marine fishing license to any existing lifetime license so you need to purchase the lifetime marine fishing license for $150 or purchase an annual, 7-day, or 1-day license or fish on a party/charter boat that is exempt from the license requirement.

What is the valid license year for the recreational marine fishing license?
The license year for the recreational marine license runs on a calendar-year basis: from January 1 through December 31.

If I purchase a recreational marine fishing license for Fall 2009, do I need to purchase another one to fish in 2010?
Yes. Since the license year runs the same as a calendar year, all recreational marine fishing licenses expire on midnight December 31 of a given year.

I only fish on party boats or charter boats; do I still need a marine fishing license?
Not if you fish on appropriately NYSDEC-licensed party boat or charter boat. In order for anglers to fish on these boats without the need for a recreational marine licenses, the charter boat or party boat must purchase a marine and coastal district party and charter boat license (at a cost of $250) and a recreational marine fishing license (at a cost of $400) that allows for the angler license exemption.

Download the application you can print it out and send in.

NY 2009 Sporting License Application

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