The Department of Natural Resources says it's hoping to install a new system that would make it easier for anglers to obtain a saltwater fishing license in the state of Maryland.
On the Eastern Shore, there's only a few places where saltwater anglers can get their required fishing license: one government building, one retail store or the state's wildlife license Web site. So, when Natural Resources officials announced their hope to install a new streamlined system called COMPASS into bait-and-tackle shops all over the region, many in the fishing community were pleased they could soon pick up their license while they were picking up prawns and worms.
But others are quick to point out that the Department of Natural Resources is only trying to ease the licensing process because it's now a new requirement for everyone to have one.
A federal database law that went into effect on Jan. 1 requires a license for anyone who wants to fish in the Atlantic Ocean or the Coastal Bays.
Department of Natural Resources officials say COMPASS could be up and running by summer.