Virginia fishermen off the hook on new fee

Starting this month, saltwater anglers in Virginia must either obtain a valid saltwater fishing license or register with Virginia’s Fisherman Identification Program.

Beginning Jan. 1, the Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will charge fishermen an annual fee of $15 to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry, according to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

However, Virginia’s saltwater anglers do not have to pay the fee or sign up with the national registry because the state is exempt, the VMRC said. To maintain the exemption, the commission will collect contact information when anglers buy their annual saltwater fishing license.

The intent is to create a statewide "phone book" of saltwater anglers, which will be given to NOAA to improve fishing effort surveys.

Some anglers -- such as those fishing from a boat licensed to cover all anglers or those who are 65 or older -- are not required to buy an annual license. But they still will need to register with the
new Fisherman Identification Program and supply their contact information. Anglers under 16 are not required to register.

Fishermen can register by going to http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/FIP or by calling 800-723-2728.

– Jennie Lynn Price, Capital News Service
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St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

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Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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The ACE Center at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Rd., will sell poinsettias and other decorations for the holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Poinsettias, including Polly Pink, Prestige Pink, Maran, Snow Cap, Glitter and Jingle Bells, are in 6.5-inch pots and cost $8 each. Other items for sale include fresh green wreaths, 18-inch and 24-inch centerpieces, swags, tender succulents, paper whites ($5) and large Amaryllis ($15). For details, call 804-756-3020 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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