Not really. Yes, it cost less to run the website” that counts the saltwater fishermen. However, the cost of the saltwater registry continues to grow.The NJ registry meets the minimum requirements. It does not provide money for New Jersey biologist to analyze the data or do anything else to improve saltwater fishing. New Jersey was one of, if not, the only State to chose the salt water registry in lieu of a saltwater license. Most States chose the smart route and for good reason.The fact is saltwater fishing continues to decline due to lack of fish. Saltwater fishing related businesses are going bankrupt due to lack of fish. More fish, more fishermen, more jobs. The New Jersey saltwater registry does nothing to enhance saltwater fish or fishing, nothing… A couple of more facts:
The reason more fishing seasons have not been closed yet, is due to money being raided from the NJ nuclear emergence fund.
New Jersey continues to lose millions of dollars in Dingell-Johnson sport fishing restoration funds with the free fishing registry.
New Jersey continues to lose grant money with the free registry . Like the $150 million federal grant Florida was online to receive last year. Florida planned to build saltwater hatcheries, creating 3,129 immediate construction jobs and 169 permanent jobs.