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DEP's 'no-harvest' reefs proposal has no basis

Published in the Asbury Park Press 12/08/04
By: John Geiser

One of the most ridiculous proposals to come out of the state Department of Environmental Protection lately is the idea of establishing "no-harvest" artificial reefs where recreational fishing would be prohibited.

This is a sop to the protectionist element with no basis in marine science.

Herb Moore Jr., counsel and director of government affairs for the Recreational Fishing Alliance, said the RFA is strongly opposed to the proposal.

"Our research has led us to the conclusion that no-harvest reefs are not appropriate for New Jersey waters, New Jersey fisheries or finfish species associated with natural and artificial reefs," he said.

New Jersey has more recreational fishing effort than any other state except Florida, and, as far as participation per acre of available water, far outdistances Florida in usage. No salt water should be closed to anglers unless there is a compelling conservation or security reason.

Moore reminded that the stated goal of DEP in reef building is to serve the public. Providing habitat for reef species such as sea bass, blackfish, porgies, fluke and bergalls is an important part of that mandate.

"Based on the high abundance levels (of these species), there does not appear to be any conservation need to implement no-harvest reefs nor will the public be better served," Moore said.

New Jersey's artificial reefs are different from the coral reefs of southern states where anchors and sinkers might damage the fragile calcareous deposits. The man-made mountains of granite, vessels, military hardware, concrete-filled tire units and scrap metal in the state's reefs will not be damaged by angling efforts.

Further, claims that the protected reefs could be used as pristine research spots are misleading. Any comparisons between the life on a completely protected reef with that of a harvested reef would be limited to begin with, and probably of little use because of the differences in currents, location, and structure.

On the other hand, the RFA urges the DEP to encourage research on all artificial reefs and to utilize information gained from the recreational sector's use of the reefs.

Moore said the RFA is also opposed to the establishment of commercial fishing reefs that would exclude anglers and other potential users as included in a section of the plan.

Another proposal that would establish estuarine reefs that would exclude anglers is also opposed by the RFA, Moore said.
 

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Bradley Campbell strikes again!!!!!! How Sickening...... :mad:
 

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I kind of expected this, with the fall of the McGreevey administration I figured that there will be a BIG push to get some of this stuff in place before they all get thrown out of office...looks like the winter will be spent fighting against this stuff... :( :mad:
 
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