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The mission of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is to serve as a grassroots coalition of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen dedicated to environmental stewardship. We will champion the intrinsic value of natural resource conservation - including fishing, hunting and trapping, among opinion leaders and policy makers. We will support legislation, and those sponsoring legislation, that provides lasting ecological and social enrichment through sustainable use of the earth?s resources.

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The uniting of outdoor interests and our efforts to educate policy makers and the general public about the principles of conservation is beginning to glimmer in New Jersey. However, as each of you well know, there are many fronts on which our freedoms to fish, hunt, trap and and practice ecological stewardship are under assault. Saltwater fishing continues to be one of these areas.
Environmental groups have applied pressure to enact certain laws that have purposely and unnecessarily restricted saltwater fishing. In response, organizations such as NJOA Council member Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) have been working with federal legislators to provide flexibility in rebuilding fisheries based on sound conservation methodology.
As a result of these efforts a key piece of legislation has been authored in the House by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) called "Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2009" (HR 1584 & Senate Bill 1255). In addition to the work of the RFA, the NJOA and NJOA Council members Jersey Coast Anglers Association,  Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association and New Jersey Beach Buggy Association are supporting this important piece of legislation. 
On June 11, 2009, the Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2009 received
a big boost of support from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) "A powerful
Democratic senator from New York, has cast his line into the water to protect the fishing
industry in the region from the oppressive requirements in the Magnuson-Stevens
Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Asbury Park Press, 6/18/09)."
"Schumer has introduced legislation in the Senate, authored in the House by Rep. Frank
Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), that will bring much-needed modernization and flexibility to the
outdated federal rules that are killing America's recreational fishing industry," writes Ken
Moran in the New York Post.
Al Ristori, Conservation Editor of The Fisherman Magazine writes "Anglers should urge
their senators and representatives to cosponsor these bills, as a broad show of support
will be necessary in order to overcome the expected objections of some environmental
Dale Timmons of the Coastal-Fisherman Magazine based in Ocean City, MD said "I
hope Schumer and the RFA are successful in getting the necessary changes passed."
To be "successful" with this important legislation, the RFA needs to share your public
support. Rep. Pallone and Sen. Schumer are two of the most influential legislators in
Washington today, and each has an impeccable record when it comes to supporting
environmentally sound legislation. Let these legislators know that you support their
efforts, on behalf of the 8-1/2 million recreational saltwater anglers in America, and the
recreational industry that caters their needs.
Make sure you and your organization are among the growing ranks of supporters of Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act of 2009.  If you don't see your name listed below, email Jim Hutchinson, Jr of the RFA (Jim is also, Director of Angling, NJOA) and ask him to add your name to the list of those who insist there be "limited flexibility" in federal fisheries management. Your support will provide recreational anglers continued access to healthy fisheries.

Alaska Charterboat Association
Association of Marine Industries
Atlanta Saltwater Sportsman's Club
Atlantic Marine Electronics (NJ)
Atlantic Highlands Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental (NJ)
Augie's Bait & Tackle (NY)
Avet Reels, Inc
Babylon Striper Club
Babylon Tuna Club
Barbertown Sportsmens Cub (NJ)
Bay Park Fishing Station (NY)
Big Game Fishing Journal
Bimini Bay Outfitters
Blue Water Yacht Sales (NJ)
Bob's Bait & Tackle (NY)
Bombardier Recreational Products
Bradley Beach Fishing Club
Brielle Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
Brooklyn Yacht Club
Canyon Runner Outfitters
Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association
Captain Anderson's Marina
Capt. T's Bait & Tackle (NY)
Captain Tate's (NJ)
Captree Boatmen's Association
Charterboat Association of Puget Sound
Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle (NY)
Clark's Landing Marina (NJ)
Coastal Bend Guides Association (TX)
Coastal Fisherman
Conservation Cooperative of Gulf Fishermen
Deep Creek Charterboat Association
Destin Charter Boat Association (FL)
Efinger Sporting Goods (NJ)
E-Z Out-Rodder
Eastern Shore Anglers of Virginia
Fishermen's Conservation Association
Fisherman's Den (NJ)
Fishermen's Supply (NJ)
Fishermen's Headquarters (NJ)
Fishin' Mission Bait & Tackle (NY)
Fishing Rights Alliance (FL)
Folsom Tackle Corporation
Forked River Tuna Club
Francis Fleet of Point Judith, RI
G & B Fishing Systems
Garden State Yacht Sales (NJ)
Gateway Striper Club
Great South Bay Anglers Club
Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association
Grumpy's Tackle (NJ)
Har Lee Rod Inc. (NJ)
Hi-Mar Striper Club
Hobby Lobby Marine (NJ)
Homer Charter Association (AK)
HD Wood Advertising
Indian River Charter Boat Association
Integrity Marine (NJ)
Island House Marina (VA)
Jarvis Marine, Inc. (NJ)
J & H Outlets (NY)
J & J Sports (NY)
J&R Tackle (NY
Julian's Sport Shop (NJ)
Jersey Coast Anglers Association
Johnson & Towers
K & K Outboard Inc (NY)
Key West Charter Boatmen's Assn
League of Essex County Sportsmen's Clubs (MA)
Larry's Lighthouse Marina (NY)
Long Island Beach Buggy Association
Mac Events Boat Shows
Maine Association of Charterboat Captains
Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club
Manhasset Bay Sportsmens Club
Marco Island Charter Captains Association
Marine Retailers Association of America
Marine Trades Association, Maryland
Marine Trades Association, New Jersey
Marine Trades Association, New York
Marine Trades Association, Rhode Island
Maryland Charterboat Association
Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association
Minmar Marine (NJ)
Mississippi Charterboat Association
Montauk Boatmen's and Captain's Association
Montauk Surfcasters
Murphy's Hook House (NJ)
My Wife's Rod & Reel Repair Shop (NJ)
National Association of Charterboat Operators (NACO)
National Marine Manufacturers Association
New Cedar Cove Marina (NJ)
New Jersey Angler
New Jersey Beach Buggy Association
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New York Fishing Tackle Trade Association
New York Sportfishing Federation
Nor'east Saltwater
North Fork Captain's Association
North Coast Fishing Association (CA)
Northeast Angling
Northeast Charter Boat Captain's Association
Ocean Beach Marine Centers (NJ)
Old Inlet Bait & Tackle (DE)
Orange Beach Fishing Association (AL)
Oregon Anglers
Pacific Fishery Management Council
Palm Beach Towers
Panama City Boatmen Association (FL)
Pensacola Charterboat Association
Piedmont Offshore Sportfishing Club (NC)
Pier 47 Marina (NJ)
Plum Island Surfcasters (MA)
Port Aransas Boatmen (TX)
Port Monmouth Marine, Inc. (NJ)
Ramsey Outdoor (NJ)
Recreational Fishing Alliance
Reel Life Bait & Tackle (NJ)
Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association
Rudy Marine (DE)
S.S. Marlin & Tuna Club
Saltwaters Outfitters (NY)
Sandy Hook Yacht Sales (NJ)
Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund, Mid-Atlantic
Scott's Bait & Tackle (Bradley Beach, NJ)
Scott's Bait & Tackle (Mystic Island, NJ)
Sea Hawk Sports Center (MD)
Shark River Surf Anglers
Shore Catch Guide Service (NJ)
South Atlantic Charterboat Association
South Jersey Marina (NJ)
South Jersey Saltwater Anglers
South Texas Big Game Fish Club
Southern Kingfish Association
Spray Dock (NJ)
Spring Lake Freezer
Steinhatchee Charter Association
Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association
Stone Harbor Yacht Sales (NJ)
Sun Harbor Bay Club (NJ)
T & A Tackle (NJ)
The Fisherman
The Reel Seat (NJ)
The Tackle Box (NJ)
Treasure Island Marina (FL)
United Boatmen, NY & NJ
Viking Yacht Company
Virginia Council of Angling Clubs
Voodoo Offshore
Waterfront Marine (NJ)
West End Bait and Tackle (NY)
Westport Charterboat Association (WA)
White Water Marine (NY)
White Water Anglers
 "Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs" (HOFNOD), a bill that the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (CF) has made a priority to become law, was unanimously approved by the full senate 38-0 and now heads to Governor Christie for his signature.

HOFNOD would establish a program within the Division of Fish and Wildlife to encourage children to avoid drug use. HOFNOD is a nationally recognized program developed by the Future Fisherman Foundation that has operated successfully in over a dozen states.

Ed Markowski a long-time champion of the bill said, "I am thrilled that our legislators not only recognized the success of the HOFNOD as a drug prevention program, but that members of both political parties believed in the merits of the program enough to work through the legislative process to get the bill to the Governor." Markowski continued, "In a world seemingly hardened by politics and in search of high-tech solutions to common problems, the fact a simple, old fashioned, and human approach to developing our kids gives us all hope."

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr, Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance stated, "I'd like to recognize Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Oliver for their leadership in moving the legislation through both houses. I'd also like to thank each legislator for their overwhelming support of the program and acknowledge the Christie administration for their review and concurrence. We eagerly wait for the Governor's approval."

HOFNOD would establish a program within the Division of Fish and Wildlife to encourage children to avoid drug use. The program's funding source would be the Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund (DEDRF) from which there would be a $200,000 appropriation to support the cost of implementing the program. This is a statutory account established to receive fines and penalties from convicted drug offenders that are used to support State authorized drug and alcohol abuse abatement programs.

The following legislators were especially instrumental in supporting and advancing HOFNOD:

Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee members:

Sarlo, Paul A. - Chair

Stack, Brian P. - Vice-Chair
Beck, Jennifer
Bucco, Anthony R.
Cunningham, Sandra B.
Greenstein, Linda R.
O'Toole, Kevin J.
Oroho, Steven V.
Pennacchio, Joseph
Pou, Nellie
Ruiz, M. Teresa
Van Drew, Jeff
Weinberg, Loretta

Assembly Appropriations Committee members:

Burzichelli, John J. - Chair

Barnes, Peter J. - Vice-Chair
Casagrande, Caroline
Conaway, Herb
DiMaio, John
Lampitt, Pamela R.
McHose, Alison Littell
Prieto, Vincent
Spencer, L. Grace

Assembly Sponsors and Co-sponsors of the Bill include:

Rumpf, Brian E. as Primary Sponsor

Conaway, Herb, Jr. as Primary Sponsor
Gove, DiAnne C. as Primary Sponsor
Albano, Nelson T. as Primary Sponsor
Wolfe, David W. as Co-Sponsor
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. as Co-Sponsor
McHose, Alison Littell as Co-Sponsor
Moriarty, Paul D. as Co-Sponsor
Chiusano, Gary R. as Co-Sponsor
Rumana, Scott T. as Co-Sponsor
Peterson, Erik as Co-Sponsor
Burzichelli, John J. as Co-Sponsor
Coutinho, Albert as Co-Sponsor
Casagrande, Caroline as Co-Sponsor
Mosquera, Gabriela M. as Co-Sponsor
Lampitt, Pamela R. as Co-Sponsor
Wimberly, Benjie E. as Co-Sponsor

Senate Sponsors and Co-sponsors include (companion Bill S178):

Connors, Christopher J. as Primary Sponsor

Beck, Jennifer as Primary Sponsor
Buono, Barbara as Co-Sponsor
Madden, Fred H., Jr. as Co-Sponsor
Oroho, Steven V. as Co-Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R. as Co-Sponsor
Addiego, Dawn Marie as Co-Sponsor
Allen, Diane B. as Co-Sponsor
Norcross, Donald as Co-Sponsor

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects



 Marine Fisheries Council votes on Striper catch reduction option

NJOA Release (c) 2015:  JAN/09/2015

NJ Marine Fisheries Council Votes on Striper Option
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (MFC) voted unanimously to support a two fish bag limit for striped bass last night. Two options were presented by the New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries to the MFC as a means of reducing the catch by 25% beginning 2015. The option chosen is one fish at 28 to less than 43 inches, and a second fish equal to or greater than 43 inches.   
The MFC vote is a result of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) vote to reduce the coast-wide harvest of striped bass, which is to start in 2015. All of the states are examining ways to lower the catch by at least 25%.
New Jersey's bonus striped bass program is not included in the option, since it makes use of the commercial quota and there is no commercial fishing of striped bass in NJ. There is currently a $2 tag system in place. MFC voted to review the bonus striped bass program at a future meeting of its advisory committee.
NJOA CF council members will convene shortly to come to a consensus on an option preference, while referring to the opinions of 1000 anglers who responded to the NJOA salt water "Striper Option Survey,? and also the important MFC vote. NJOA will then meet with legislators to discuss its decision since changes to striped bass regulations are legislated into law.


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