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Guys, Here are The Three Most Important Contacts.
And Sample Letters That Need To Be Sent ASAP.....
Thanks,,,
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What can I do to help move this process along as fast as possible?
Send a letters and emails to Senator Smith expressing your support for the quick passage of the striper bill (A3007, S1691)and Senator Richard Cody, President of the Senate asking him to post the bill for a vote on October 4th. Also send an email to the Governor asking that he sign the bill as soon as the Senate approves it. Sample letters are below.

IN ORDER TO SEND EMAIL, YOU MUST GO TO
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/abcroster.asp http://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmail.html
CLICK ON THE LEGISLATORS NAME AND USE EMAIL SUBMITTAL FORM



Dear Senator Smith:

The striped bass fishery is incredibly important to the recreational saltwater anglers of New Jersey and the businesses they support. This is especially true in the fall of the year when stripers are most abundant. The current New Jersey size and possessions limits were recently determined to be out of compliance with the striped bass conservation and management plan and must be changed. Because of this, we are facing a moratorium on striped bass fishing as early as September 18th.

As you know, in New Jersey these management measures must be changed by legislation. This past June, the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill (A3007) that will bring New Jersey into compliance with the plan. Companion legislation, S1691, has been introduced in the Senate. I respectfully urge you as Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee to post this legislation for a vote as soon as possible. It is absolutely crucial that NJ get into compliance to avoid a socially and economically disastrous striped bass fishing moratorium.

Thank you for your consideration.


Dear Senator Cody:

The striped bass fishery is incredibly important to the recreational saltwater anglers of New Jersey and the businesses they support. This is especially true in the fall of the year when stripers are abundant. The current New Jersey size and possessions limits were recently determined to be out of compliance with the striped bass conservation and management plan and must be changed.

Because of this, we are facing a striped bass fishing moratorium on September 18th. As you know, in New Jersey these management measures must be changed by legislation. This past June, the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill (A3007) that will bring New Jersey into compliance with the plan. Companion legislation, S1691, has been introduced in the Senate and is awaiting a hearing before the Senate Environment Committee. I am hopeful that the environment committee will approve this legislation as soon as possible.

Considering this, I respectfully urge you to post S1691 for a vote in the Senate at the earliest possible date. It is absolutely crucial that NJ get into compliance to avoid a socially and economically disastrous striped bass fishing moratorium.

Thank you for your consideration.

Dear Governor McGreevey:

The striped bass fishery is incredibly important to the recreational saltwater anglers of New Jersey and the businesses they support. This is especially true in the fall of the year when stripers are abundant. The current New Jersey size and possessions limits were recently determined to be out of compliance with the striped bass conservation and management plan and must be changed.

Because of this, we are facing a striped bass fishing moratorium on September 18th. As you know, in New Jersey these management measures must be changed by legislation. This past June, the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill (A3007) that will bring New Jersey into compliance with the plan. Companion legislation, S1691, has been introduced in the Senate and is awaiting a hearing before the Senate Environment Committee. I am hopeful that the Environment committee and full Senate will approve this legislation as soon as possible.

Considering this, I respectfully urge you to sign the bill as soon as it is approved by the Senate. It is absolutely crucial that NJ get into compliance to avoid a socially and economically disastrous striped bass fishing moratorium.

Thank you for your consideration.

[ 08-26-2004, 11:58 AM: Message edited by: NIGHTSTRIKES ]
 

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Ron,
Yes, Let's Put It This Way, Most Likely Come
Around The Time That The BeachBuggy Permits
Open Back Up Along Most Shore Towns...
We Will Not Be Able To Fish or Target Striped
Bass Here In N.J. for The Start of The Fall Run.

We Need To Act Now, To Save The Rest Of
and Most Important Part of the Season....
 

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Striper fishing ban likely

Published in the Asbury Park Press 8/27/04

Until N.J. complies, law says even catch-and-release is out
A lot of New Jersey striped bass fishermen are wondering if they will be permitted by law to fish for striped bass after Sept. 20.
New Jersey was declared out of compliance with Amendment VI to the Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan on Aug. 19 by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Secretary of Commerce was notified. The secretary has 30 days to review the matter, and decide if the state's fishery will be shut down.

There is no argument that the state is not in compliance. John I. Nelson Jr., chairman of the ASMFC, pointed out that New Jersey has not implemented the recreational measures required under Amendment VI, a minimum size of 28 inches and a two-fish bag limit per person.

New Jersey presently allows the harvest of one fish at least 24 inches but less than 28 inches and one fish from 28 inches up. This was found unacceptable by the ASMFC.

A bill that would bring New Jersey into compliance with the ASMFC mandate has already passed the state Assembly, and would provide for one fish at least 24 inches but less than 28 inches and one fish 34 inches and over. This is the equivalent of the ASMFC's basic requirement, and has been approved by the ASMFC.

A companion bill -- S-1691 -- was introduced in the state Senate in June, and is awaiting action by the Senate Environmental Committee, whenever that body meets. It could meet soon in an emergency or at its scheduled date of Sept. 27.

The Senate has a voting session scheduled for Oct. 4, and could vote on S-1691, and the bill be on the governor's desk Oct. 5. However, if a different bill or an amended version is acted on by the Senate, it could take longer.

Herb Moore Jr., director of government affairs for the Recreational Fishing Alliance, hopes action on coming into compliance is swift.

"We are under a really tight 30-day deadline with the National Marine Fisheries Service before a moratorium is imposed," he said. "Hopefully we can prevent that from happening."

Thomas P. Fote, legislative chairman of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, said the JCAA clubs want two fish at 28 inches, and he is obligated to ask the senators to consider this.

"We do not want a moratorium imposed on the striped bass fishery," he said. "I think we should have this ironed out by Oct. 7 or 8."

A discussion of the proposed striped bass rules for this fall was lengthy and detailed Tuesday night at an informal meeting of activists in Sea Girt.

They all spoke their piece, and came away aware that legislative action must be swift and acceptable to the ASMFC and NMFS or the fishery will be closed.

They talked about political maneuvering, voter pressure, majority rule and fair play. There will be continued discussions in the weeks ahead about the impact on anglers and businesses, and everyone from a knot of bass anglers on the end of the dock to the give-and-take on the Internet will be involved.

Moore, a lawyer with the RFA, points out that Secretary Donald Evans is mandated by law to impose a moratorium, if a state is found out of compliance.

According to law -- United States Code, Title 16, Conservation, Chapter 71A, Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation: "Upon receiving notice from the commission under section 5153 (c) of this title of a negative determination regarding a coastal state, the secretaries (Commerce and Interior) shall determine jointly, within 30 days, whether that coastal state is in compliance with the plan, and, if the state is not in compliance, the secretaries shall declare jointly a moratorium on fishing for Atlantic striped bass within the coastal waters of that coastal state."

The law further reads: "During a moratorium period, it is unlawful for any person to engage in fishing within the moratorium area."

This would apply to landing and catch-and-release fishing for striped bass.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., has written Secretary Evans asking him to take into consideration the fact that the New Jersey legislature is acting in good faith, and has not been in session since June.

Pallone appreciates that the 30-day period will be over Sept. 20, and the Senate may not be able to act until Oct. 4, but he urged the secretary not to act precipitously.

"The state fully intends to come into compliance with federal striped bass guidelines, but needs adequate time to develop new regulations that will be fair to the state's recreational anglers," Pallone wrote Evans.

"The Assembly has passed legislation that would bring New Jersey into compliance with federal striped bass guidelines, but the state Senate recessed early in June before it could consider the legislation, and will not come back into session by Sept. 12," Pallone wrote.

"Once the Senate comes back into session, the legislature will work quickly to finish the bill; so the state can come into compliance," Pallone assured the secretary.
 

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You should also write your local Senator if different and encourage him use his influence to get action on the bill and to a vote quickly
 

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You should also write your local Senator if different and encourage him use his influence to get action on the bill and to a vote quickly
 

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Here's anotrher great idea! Print 10 copies of each letter. Address them and stamp an envelope. Have a friend sign with his return address. For $3.70 each we can increase our numbers 10X. Have 10 more due the e-mail thing and we increase 20X!
 

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Would it be possible for the Barn to maintain a report card for our legislators that we could post for all our members to see? Maybe even a field showing when these guys are up for re-election. We would then be armed with some good information about who is or is not a sportsman friendly legislator and be able to vote according to our conscience.
 

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I've done my part--E-MAIL, HARD LETTER, and Phone call to Governor,Sen Codley. Sen Asselta

IF ? everyone on this barn who fishes for Stripers would do same thing we could make a difference.
IF you don't do anything DON"T ***** at outcome
 

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It's ridiculous given the current stocks. Now here is where politics and fishing should come together. I can't wait for sea robbin season..that's where it's going people.

Wish I could cover this, but that's all Geiser and Dusty.
 

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They will create many pouchers if they try this BULS**T move. I will be one and an outlaw one at that!!! :mad: :(

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Being from southern NJ, I guess I could go to Delaware, stay in a hotel and eat at resturants down there. Guys and gals from northern NJ can go to NY and do the same. I wonder how many hardworking New Jerseyians this would put out of work.
 

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posted September 09, 2004 11:55 AM
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It looks like the Senate will now consider the stiped bass bill on September 20th, the day the Dept. of Interior can shut us down. President Codey has agreed to have the bill considered and passed during a quorum call, which is almost unheard of-- but great news. Marty McQue (Director of Fish and Game) and some of our ASMFC members will meet with Interior officials on Monday in Maryland, as well. Fish and Game is now saying they will support the bill passed by the Assembly in June. This information is all but confirmed. Thanks for your letter and e-mail campaign. Barn members and RFA did a great job!
Assemblyman and fisherman, Bob Smith
 
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