The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued new rules that restrict access to online fishing gear that can help consumers save money.
The agency issued the new regulations in response to recent public interest litigation, The Wall St. Journal reports.
The new rules, which go into effect on Nov. 1, will apply to both licensed and unlicensed fishermen.
“Consumers should be aware that the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service is taking steps to restrict access and use of products and services provided by licensed fishing companies and their affiliates,” the agency said in a statement.
“This is not a new trend.
Since the end of the ‘Golden Age of the Internet’ in 2006, the Internet has allowed many people to purchase and use online gear that allows them to save money and enjoy the outdoors.
However, the use of these online fishing services is now illegal and the government has issued the latest steps in an effort to protect consumers.”
A ban on online fishing equipment was first proposed in 2010, and it was approved in 2012.
Under the new rules for unlicensed fishing, users can purchase and sell online gear for up to $2,000 per year, and they can sell and receive refunds for up 2.5 percent of the value of the gear.
However the agency has yet to determine how many unlicensed boats have been used in the U, and whether or not the ban applies to those who have registered with the agency.
The rules will take effect on Jan. 1.