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Marine Saltwater Fishing License Sales Suspended

**Office of the Clarkstown Town Clerk**

**Justin Sweet, Town Clerk**

**Press Release**


DEC Suspends Sales of Marine Saltwater Fishing License


April 12, 2011


Effective as of Friday, April 8, 2011, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has authorized all Town Clerk’s Offices to suspend the sale of a Marine Saltwater Fishing License.  The license will be replaced with a free registry, which is currently being developed and should be available mid-June.  Until the free registry is developed, saltwater anglers may fish without a license and without registering with the DEC.  Freshwater fishing licenses are still required.


Town Clerk Justin Sweet stated “I applaud our Senator David Carlucci and the entire State Legislature for adopting a common sense, sportsman friendly approach to saltwater fishing in New York State.  The elimination of this fee represents one of many ways the State Legislature can ease the burden on residents in New York State during these trying economic times.”


The new law also directs the DEC to refund the cost of a lifetime recreational marine fishing license to those who bought them.  Refunds for lifetime licenses are expected to be sent out by the DEC during this calendar year.  There are no provisions in the newly enacted legislation to refund other marine license fees. 


Please visit the DEC’s website at or call the Clarkstown Town Clerk’s Office at (845) 639-2010 for more information.



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