ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering changes to the reporting requirements for commercial licensees who guide fishing parties.
Currently, a Commercial Charter Boat Captain's Daily Log is to be submitted if the trip is being taken on a vessel displaying a Charter Boat decal.
The modification would require the Daily Log submitted by all commercial licensees who guide fishing parties — regardless of whether the vessel is displaying a Charter Boat decal.
By having a Charter Boat decal it simplifies the licensing process for recreational anglers who charter the boat and do not have their own individual fishing license. “This decal is a way for the guide to license the recreational anglers fishing on their vessel,” according to DNR.
“However, it is not required that guides purchase the decal for their vessels — some guides require their clients to buy their individual fishing licenses before the trip. While most guided fishing trips occur on a vessel displaying the decal, some trips do not.”
The proposed regulation would state: “All licensees authorized under Natural Resources Article, §4-701, Annotated Code of Maryland, that guide fishing parties shall submit the Commercial Charter Boat Captain’s Daily Log in accordance with this regulation.”
It would replace language saying the log is only required of licensees “that operates a charter under the charter boat license.”
Comments on the change may be submitted online by Sept. 12 to Scoping of Changes to For-Hire Vessel Reporting Requirements (google.com).