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Who needs to register for Maine’s new saltwater registry?

Maine residents, do you have a valid Maine freshwater fishing license?

If you do, there is a check box on the freshwater application form for you to indicate you saltwater fish.  Check that box and you are allowed to recreationally saltwater fish in Maine, unless you hold a Resident Lifetime License and are 65 years of age or older.  In that case, you will have to register annually for Maine's saltwater registry by following the instructions in the paragraph below.

If you are a Maine resident and you do not have a valid Maine freshwater license, then you must register for a saltwater license. This can be done at www.maine.gov/saltwater ($1.00), the DMR office, 2 Beech St., Hallowell, ME 04347, or by any appointed Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife agent ($2.00).

 

Non-Maine residents, do you have a valid Maine freshwater fishing license?

if you do, there is a check box on the freshwater application form for you to indicate you saltwater fish.  Check that box and you are allowed to recreationally saltwater fish in Maine. If you are registered to engage in saltwater recreational fishing in another state, or with the National Registry, you are allowed to recreationally saltwater fish in Maine. If none of this applies, you may register by going to www.maine.gov/saltwater ($1.00), going to the DMR office, 2 Beech St., Hallowell, ME 04347, or by any appointed Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife agent ($2.00).

 

There are some exceptions for both residents and non-residents. You do not need to register if:

  • You are under 16 years of age
  • You are a passenger on board a for-hire (headboat/charterboat) vessel that holds a recreational operators license
  • You are renting a smelt fishing camp from someone that holds a recreational operators license
  • You are fishing from a dock, pier or wharf that is owned by someone holding a recreational operators license
  • You are a Maine resident fishing on July 4th, Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend
  • You hold a valid saltwater license or registration from another state
  • You are registered on the National Saltwater Angler registry through NOAA
  • You are a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or the Aroostook Band of Micmacs
  • You have a valid commercial license and you have checked that you recreationally saltwater fish

There is no exception for Resident Lifetime License holders 65 years of age or older.  These license holders are required to register for a saltwater fishing license every year.