Saltwater fishermen to need licenses


Bay State sportsmen are about to lose one of their last privileges, one they've enjoyed since literally time immemorial, but they appear to be resigned to the inevitable.

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation Tuesday that will require all saltwater fishermen to obtain a license to fish in state waters in 2011. Fishing in freshwater has been licensed for years, but saltwater angling has been license-free since colonial days.

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