FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2011
Contact: Jennifer Garvey
Supervisor Throne-Holst Applauds State Legislature For Repealing Saltwater Fishing License
Southampton Town Supervisor AnnaThrone-Holst today applauded the New York State Legislature for reaching an agreement to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License legislation enacted in 2009.
“This is outstanding news that means a great deal to our local fishing industry. More importantly, though, it restores the basic and invaluable right to fish local waters that our residents have held and protected for generations,” said Throne-Holst.
Under the agreement, the license law will be transformed into a registration requirement to meet federal law. The agreement provides that the registration is guaranteed to be free for the next two years. In addition, those who purchased lifetime licenses will be granted a refund minus the fee for the past year.
“Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele are to be commended for their swift and unrelenting efforts to repeal the legislation at the state level; as well as the Southampton Town Trustees Eric Shultz, Fred Havemeyer, Jon Semlear, Ed Warner, Jr., and Bill Pell, who were instrumental in organizing Trustees Island-wide in order to combine efforts and resources to challenge the law in court,” she said.
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