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Below is the text of an August 12, 2005 DEP News Rlease which can
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DEP Announces Improved Fishing Access at Corson's Inlet State Park

TRENTON- Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner
Bradley M. Campbell today announced improved fishing access at Corson's
Inlet State Park in Cape May County with the recent installation of a
new boat launching dock.

"This addition to the park provides much-needed access for boaters and
fishermen in an area where public fishing is already very popular," said
Commissioner Campbell. "Whether it be acquiring additional lands for
fishing, installing public boat ramps or increasing wheelchair access to
fishing sites, we will continue to improve opportunities for saltwater
and freshwater fishermen."

The new boat launching dock was primarily funded through a grant from
the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJOT) Office of Maritime
Resources. The new dock will provide added convenience to boaters and
fisherman launching their boats from the existing boat ramp.

"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the DEP and
Commissioner Campbell to help improve and preserve our marine
transportation system," noted NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere.

"This is a perfect enhancement to the recreational opportunities in
Cape May County," said Assemblyman Van Drew. "We need to ensure that
the State of New Jersey invests in South Jersey in order to enhance our
recreational fishing industry and our tourism industry. I will continue
to fight to bring these dollars to South Jersey and I want to thank
Bradley Campbell for his commitment to our region."

The boat launch is open year round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The dock is accessible for people with disabilities. A minimal fee is
charged daily at Corson's Inlet between Memorial Day weekend and Labor
Day inclusive.

The inlet is also the gateway to the Cape May Marmora Wildlife
Management Area that contains ecologically sensitive tidal salt meadows
and marshes interspersed with shallow coves and bays. The area is
important for its breeding populations of osprey, American
oystercatcher, least tern, black skimmer and peregrine falcons. The
area is also a popular fishing ground for summer and winter flounder and
is home to a productive shellfishery.

Since 2002, DEP has provided anglers with 45 new fishing access areas
across the state. Fishing contributes over $1.4 billion annually to the
state's economy and provides more than 12,000 jobs.

Corson's Inlet State Park was established in 1969 to help protect and
preserve one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the state's
oceanfront. It provides an excellent opportunity for many types of
boating, ranging from canoes to large motor boats, sailboats and jet

Commissioner Campbell was joined today by Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew,
Assemblyman John Gibson, Ocean City Mayor Henry Knight and Upper
Township Mayor Richard Palombo.

Related Links

NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry
NJDEP-Corson's Inlet State Park
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