NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Attention Virginia anglers: the state’s marine police will use the July 4 weekend to start cracking down on those who are not registered in the Virginia Fisherman Identification Program.
Registration is required of any adult that fishes in the state’s saltwaters or for saltwater species.
Registration is included as a part of a Virginia saltwater fishing license purchase. Free online registration is also available.
Those who violate this law may face a fine of up to $500.
According to an article in the Washington Post, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission says fewer than 28,000 people have registered this year. The National Marine Fisheries Service estimates 750,000 people a year fish in Virginia’s saltwaters.
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