According to NOAA Fisheries, Virginia saltwater anglers are lagging far behind other coastal states when it comes to a national law that requires registration with the National Saltwater Angler Registry.
In its first year, the registry is designed to help fisheries managers compile better catch information that is important to determining quotas and bag limits.
Virginia Marine Resources Commission spokesman John Bull said there are an estimated 750,000 saltwater anglers in Virginia. NOAA said that in the first six months of the registry, only 26,378 had registered.
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