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Anglers have chance to voice thoughts to DEP

Published in the Asbury Park Press 4/25/04
John Geiser

The Recreational Fishing Alliance is urging fishermen to attend tonights state Department of Environmental Protection meeting to provide input on fisheries and the marine environment. The meeting, which is being co-hosted by Bradley M. Campbell, commissioner of the DEP, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., will be held at 7 p.m. at Wilson Auditorium, Monmouth University, West Long Branch.
Herb Moore Jr., director of government affairs for the RFA, said the DEP recently issued a white paper proposing a number of coastal protection initiatives, and this is an opportunity for anglers to comment on them.

"There are a number of points of real concern to us in this paper," he said, "and fishermen should speak out on them."

Marine recreational fishermen in coastal states have been threatened in recent years by marine protected areas where fishing is not allowed; curtailment of artificial reef building; saltwater fishing licenses; reduced beach access; unfair allocation of fisheries resources; and marine habitat destruction.

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