Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Reminder: F.I.N. numbers available with recreational fishing license purchase
DOVER (May 2, 2012) – Since 2009, recreational anglers fishing Delaware waters have been required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number. Since last year, the required F.I.N. number is generated automatically on all individual fishing licenses sold through Delaware’s electronic licensing systems.
“This system makes getting your license and your F.I.N. number a one-stop process for most anglers purchasing a Delaware recreational fishing license,” said Fisheries Administrator John Clark.
License buyers will be asked to provide basic information and complete a five-question survey to receive their F.I.N. number as part of their fishing license. The F.I.N. number appears on individual recreational fishing licenses next to the signature of the license holder, and must be in the angler’s possession while actively fishing.
Some anglers must still visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain a free F.I.N. number: license-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older; non-resident boat fishing license holders who do not have an individual license; and individuals fishing on licensed boats who do not have an individual license.
Generally, a fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and older, and must be in the possession of anglers who are fishing, crabbing or clamming in all Delaware waters, including both tidal and non-tidal areas. A resident fishing license costs $8.50 and a non-resident license costs $20 per year.
Delaware’s F.I.N. registry was established so that the state could provide required information to the National Marine Fisheries Service for its federal registry. Anglers in states without an approved state registry are required to register directly with the NMFS registry, which began charging fees last year. Anglers who join the Delaware registry are added to the federal registry without paying any fees.
Delaware anglers who fish on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay and River or in New Jersey coastal waters are required to register with New Jersey’s Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. Participation is free of charge. For more information, visit www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov.
For more information on fishing licenses in Delaware, including where to purchase and complete information on license exemptions, check out the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide, available online or in printed form at license agents throughout the state. For additional information, please contact the DNREC recreational licensing section at 302-739-9918, or the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914.
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