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NOAA Fisheries Service found that the State of New Jersey has failed to implement measures necessary to fulfill its responsibilities under the tautog interstate fishery management plan and which are crucial for conservation of the salt water fish. As a result, NOAA will close New Jersey’s commercial and recreational fishery for tautog on April 1.

Tautog is a popular recreational species whose stock is overfished. Landings data indicate that New Jersey's harvest is significant compared with that of other states, and that its recreational landings more than tripled in 2006. Accordingly, its failure to implement management measures will undermine the interstate conservation plan for the species.
Under the rebuilding plan, each of the Northeastern states are required to reduce tautog fishing effort by about 26 percent over 2003 to 2005 average levels. On February 7, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission determined that New Jersey had not taken such measures as required by the fishery management plan.
Under the Atlantic Coastal Act, NOAA's Fisheries Service was obliged to conduct a review and make a decision within 30 days as to whether it concurred with the Commission’s findings, and whether the mandated measures are necessary for the conservation of the tautog resource
April 1 was selected for the closure date because it provides significant conservation benefits while allowing enough time to ensure that anglers, commercial fishermen and dealers are aware of the effective closure date.
The most recent landings data from 2006 find New Jersey recreational anglers landed about 700,000 pounds of tautog, and commercial fishermen about 70,000 pounds. In 2006, Northeast fishermen landed about 4.3 million pounds of tautog, most of which was taken by recreational anglers.
Tautog is managed within the framework of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The Commission, comprising representatives from the Atlantic coastal states, develops fishery conservation and management strategies for certain coastal species and coordinates state efforts to achieve those objectives.
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I agree something must be done, there are alot more tog fisherman now than there were 3-5 yars ago. I think cutting the 8 fish limit to 5 or 6 is acceptable and maybe drop it to 3 after dec 31. I hope they can resolve this without a closure.
 

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That sucks, I'm not sure what we fish for this year with all the shortened seasons ans closures. Looks like the Delaware bay trash can slam will be a thing to try for.
 

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all these rescrictions are really making me question how much longer i will be a resident of nj

althought the tog situation is alot different then the flounder
tog are very slow growing
 

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the way I look at it...and I know I will get my balls busted for it....is why do we need to be able to keep 8 fish per person per day....really....why?

On another hand...why is NJ so jacked up that we f--- ourselves over with this bs...comply...restrict us...do something they knew going into this if they went this route...like the did last time...that we would lose and the season would be shut...

Screw making the sizes larger...limit the fish you're allowed to keep...3-4 fish is plenty...anyone who owns a recreational boat isn't starving for dinner and if they are...then sell the boat and buy food...and a side note from that...4 legal tog have enough meat to feed a family of 4...
 

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There is a lot more to this then meets the eye. For the record the Comm sector begged , kicked and pleaded to stay in compliance. That is a fact you can read it in the Public comments from the last few state fishing meetings. Or better why not go to these meetings and see for yourself what is really going on.
 

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Just heard about this in the homeport. It was inevitable with the increasing number of people togging, myself included, and more people fishing through the winter. It was pure insanity to have a limit of 8 fish when tog grow at the rate that they do. Throw in the illegal blackfish market and it makes it even worse, but I think the recs did more harm than anyone else.

What is a keeper sized fish, 10 years old?

I have to look more into this, kind of sucker punched me out of nowhere. Hopefully mi amigos get the memo.

RyanF
 

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zar2754 said:
with all of our heads up our asses over this flounder controversy, no one even saw this shut down happening.

no we have no spring toggin...

I have been trying to tell ya this was gonna happen , The tog issue has been on the Radar for almost two years.
 

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When I first saw that NJ was out of compliance...I read in the same article...that NJ did this once before...i can't remember what specie it was maybe stripers? I can't remember...but NJ played hard ***...and it bit them in the *** before...and people warned that if NJ did this again...the same thing would come out of it...The big guys closing it down for the state....

I thought the state would pull their heads out of their asses and make a drastic cut in the regulations but they didn't...now this has happened...
 

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The people that some think are the greatest thing since sliced bread are one of the major reasons why we are in trouble here.
 

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So that only leaves us with herring, winter flounder, stripers,blues, drum, and sea bass until the end of May who wants to make a bet that at least two of the six listed above are next years targets for over fishing.
 

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Kyle said:
So that only leaves us with herring, winter flounder, stripers, drum, and sea bass until the end of May who wants to make a bet that at least two of the five listed above are next years targets for over fishing.
Bluefish:):)...

I bet Sea Bass are the next to take ahit...or Drum...
 
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