AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that streamlines Maine’s saltwater fishing registry rules is awaiting Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.
Sen. David Trahan’s bill was among those that passed in the hectic, final days of the legislative session last week. The Waldoboro Republican’s bill updates a law that was passed after extensive debate last year.
Under the 2010 law, Maine residents with freshwater licenses are all set with the federal registry requirement. But the law said Mainers without freshwater licenses, and nonresidents, had to register for a $2 agent fee. Striped bass fishermen from Maine had to pay $5 and nonresidents $15.
This year’s legislation removes the striped bass fees and reduces the agent fee from $2 to $1.
The LePage administration supported the change in the registry law.