- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The price of a saltwater fishing license is going down in Virginia.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted this week to roll back a license increase that was enacted in January because of a budget cut. The new state budget gives the commission the necessary funds to offset that budget reduction.

Commissioner John M.R. Bull says anglers might want to wait until April 1, when the lower license fee goes into effect. The savings will total $5.

The cost of an individual recreational saltwater fishing license will drop from $22.50 to $17.50. A license to cover everyone on board a boat for a year will fall from $53 to $48.

Other recreational saltwater licenses will decrease as well.

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