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ACTION ALERT FROM RFA-NJ CHAPTER

For the third time in as many legislative sessions, the Pots off the Reefs bill has been reported successfully out of the NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Senate Bill number 221 (S 221) introduced by Sen. Sean T. Kean and co-sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Sen. Andrew R. Ciesla will now await action by the full Senate which is not likely to come until a companion Assembly bill progresses. That Assembly bill, A 1152, was recently introduced by Assembly representatives David P. Rible and Mary Pat Angelini, and has eight additional co-sponsors. The assembly version of the Pots off the Reefs bill has been referred to the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Board members of the New Jersey Chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA-NJ) attended this morning's Senate committee hearing on behalf of anglers, and said there's overwhelming public support by recreational anglers in the state to see those reefs freed of fixed gear. "It was a packed committee room in Trenton today, and the RFA-NJ chapter submitted our testimony in person in support of the bill," said RFA-NJ chapter chairman Capt. Adam Nowalsky, adding "we're thrilled that S221 received a unanimous vote, and we're looking forward to seeing this get a full Senate vote in the near future."

Despite the acknowledgement that continuing to allow fixed gear on New Jersey's artificial reefs may subject the state to repayment of federal Sport Fish Restoration fund monies, the legislation had been stalled in the Assembly in recent years. Identical legislation in the last session was never read before committee, and in the prior legislative session the bill was reported out of committee, only to be voted to be tabled when brought before the full Assembly for action.

"Specifically, Director Dave Chanda said the Division of Fish and Wildlife believes it's the right thing to do," Nowalsky said of the today's vote. Nowalsky pointed out that Senator Smith specifically noted the testimony of former reef director Bill Figley as being "devastating" to the opposition's argument against the bill. "Senator Smith said it's important that the public continues to see the benefits of these fishing reefs in support of our recreational fishing community here in New Jersey," said Nowalsky.

As noted in a previous RFA-NJ email alert, the state-approved 2005 Artificial Reef Plan listed the intent of the reef sites as being for hook-and-line and spearfishing activities. For more than 20 years, the administration of the reef program has been funded by donations from anglers and organizations throughout the state, in addition to Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish (Wallop-Breaux) Restoration Funds. Sport Fish Restoration funds are derived from an excise tax on recreational fishing purchases, and federal law requires that these funds be used exclusively to benefit recreational fisheries.

RFA-NJ CHAPTER AT ATLANTIC CITY BOAT SHOW

The RFA-NJ chapter is scheduled to be in place at booth number 858 this week at the Atlantic City Convention Center, as the annual Atlantic City International Boat Show cruises into town again from Wednesday through Sunday of this week. Doors open daily at 11 a.m. through Friday, with special weekend hours starting at 10 a.m.

Back by popular demand are informative fishing classes and seminars produced by The Fisherman magazine. RFA members are reminded that Saturday is RFA Day at the Atlantic City Boat Show, with special seminars focused exclusively on local fishing opportunities and prizes given out throughout the day in the seminar area. Once again, RFA members should remember to bring their updated membership card for five times the chance to win top quality fishing tackle and prizes at the show.

Anyone who signs up for a new or renewal membership at the Atlantic City Boat Show this week will also automatically be entered into a grand prize drawing in late March for an original fish carving; this beautiful hand-carved mahi has been donated by wildlife artist and RFA-NJ board member, Chris Peszka. Come out to Atlantic City this week, check the beautiful piece of art, join the RFA, and get details on the fishermen's rally in Washington DC set for February 24.


For more information, visit www.joinrfa.org.

For details about the AC Boat Show, visit www.acboatshow.com.

About Recreational Fishing Alliance & RFA-NJ
The RFA is a national, grassroots political action organization representing recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues. The RFA-NJ chapter mission is to safeguard the rights of New Jersey's saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation's saltwater fisheries.
For information, visit www.joinrfa.org.
 

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Good news...When does it go to the senate? I for one stopped donating money to the Reef Fund because of all the pots...
 

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Must first go to the Assembly committee first and then it will go to the Full Senate and Assembly and if passed there it will go to be signed. Time frame I am not sure about.

But it is the first step.

Long way to still go
 

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Here is the history of this legislation:

This is where it died the first time:

A3986 Prohibits the use of certain fishing gear on artificial reefs.
2nd Reading in the Assembly

2/22/2007 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
5/21/2007 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
1/7/2008 Motion Order of the day (Kean)
1/7/2008 Motion To Table (Watson Coleman) (41-32-0)

S2635 Prohibits the use of certain fishing gear on artificial reefs.
2nd Reading in the Assembly

5/10/2007 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment Committee
11/8/2007 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
1/3/2008 Passed by the Senate (32-0)
1/3/2008 Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
1/7/2008 Motion Order of the day (Kean)
1/7/2008 Motion To Table (Watson Coleman) (41-32-0)


This is where it died the second time:

A1519 Prohibits the use of certain fishing gear on artificial reefs.
Agriculture and Natural Resources

1/8/2008 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

(Was not brought before committee.)

S336 Prohibits the use of certain fishing gear on artificial reefs.
Agriculture and Natural Resources

1/8/2008 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment Committee
2/21/2008 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
10/23/2008 Passed by the Senate (32-4)
10/23/2008 Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee


Present status:

A1152 Prohibits the use of certain fishing gear on artificial reefs.
Agriculture and Natural Resources

1/12/2010 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

(No scheduled meeting at this time.)

S221 Prohibits the use of certain fishing gear on artificial reefs.
Environment and Energy

1/12/2010 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
2/1/2010 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
 

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Must first go to the Assembly committee first and then it will go to the Full Senate and Assembly and if passed there it will go to be signed. Time frame I am not sure about.

But it is the first step.

Long way to still go
This is what's next:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010

SENATE SESSION 2:00 PM Senate Chambers
Voting Session: Time and Board List to be announced


Unfortunately:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010 (continued)

*ASSEMBLY QUORUM
The Assembly Quorum has been CANCELED. C & D Committees will not meet.

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is in Group D.


Unless they can get their "act" together, this will possibly be the next time A1152 may be heard by the Assembly Committee:

MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

ASSEMBLY QUORUM Assembly Chambers
10:00 AM: Group (C) Committees scheduled to meet
2:00 PM: Group (D) Committees scheduled to meet

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/calendar/012910.htm
 

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Is there any chance that we can find a list of all of those great folks who voted to "table" the issue? I think it was 42.

I'd like to send all of them a thank you letter, and tell them that I'll do everything I personally can to see that they won't get re-elected.

What a bunch of crap....as usual.

I swear every time that I'm on Little Egg, Jersey South, Jersey North, or Wildwood reefs that I'm going to do something to help stop this. It's my biggest complaint. Maybe this winter is the time.

Frank
 

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Is there any chance that we can find a list of all of those great folks who voted to "table" the issue? I think it was 42.

I'd like to send all of them a thank you letter, and tell them that I'll do everything I personally can to see that they won't get re-elected.

What a bunch of crap....as usual.

I swear every time that I'm on Little Egg, Jersey South, Jersey North, or Wildwood reefs that I'm going to do something to help stop this. It's my biggest complaint. Maybe this winter is the time.

Frank
A3986

Asm. 1/7/2008 - MOTION TAB MOTION - Yes {41} No {32} Not Voting {7} Abstains {0}

4 Assem. PAUL D. MORIARTY 129 Johnson Road, Suite 1, Turnersville, NJ 08012 (856)-232-6700
5 Assem. NILSA CRUZ-PEREZ 116 North 2nd Street, Suite 101, Camden, NJ 08102 (856)-541-1251
5 Assem JOSEPH J. ROBERTS, JR Brooklawn Shopping Plaza, Rt. 130 South & Browning Rd., Brooklawn, NJ 08030 (856)-742-7600
6 Assem LOUIS D. GREENWALD 1103 Laurel Oak Rd., Suite 142, Voorhees, NJ 08043 (856)-435-1247
6 Assem PAMELA R. LAMPITT 1103 Laurel Oak Rd., Suite 142, Voorhees, NJ 08043 (856)-435-1247
7 Assem JACK CONNERS Delran Professional Center, Suite 125, 8008 Route 130 North, Delran, NJ 08075 (856)-461-3997
15 Assemblywoman BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN 226 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608 (609)-292-0500
15 Assemblyman REED GUSCIORA 226 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608 (609)-292-0500
17 Assemblyman JOSEPH V. EGAN 100 Bayard St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732)-249-4550
18 Assemblyman PETER J. BARNES, III Stephenville Park Plaza, 3 Stephenville Parkway, Suite 2E, Edison, NJ 08820 (732)-548-1406
18 Assem PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR 908 Oak Tree Ave., Unit P, South Plainfield, NJ 07080 (908)-757-1677
19 Assemblyman JOSEPH VAS 276 Hobart St., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861 (732)-324-5955
19 Assemblyman JOHN S. WISNIEWSKI 3145 Bordentown Ave., Suite B, Parlin, NJ 08859 (732)-316-1885
20 Assemblyman NEIL M. COHEN 985 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083 (908)-624-0880
20 Assemblyman JOSEPH CRYAN 985 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083 (908)-624-0880
22 Assemblyman JERRY GREEN 17 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, NJ 07060 (908)-561-5757
22 Assem LINDA STENDER 1801 East Second St., 2nd Floor, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 (908)-668-1900
27 Assemblywoman MILA M. JASEY 14 Village Plaza, Suite 1B, South Orange, NJ 07079 (973)-762-1886
27 Assemblyman JOHN F. MCKEON 4 Sloan St., Suite D & E, South Orange, NJ 07079 (973)-275-1113
32 Assemblyman VINCENT PRIETO 1249 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus, NJ 07094 (201)-770-1303
32 Assemb JOAN M. QUIGLEY The Hamilton Park Foundry, 242 Tenth Street, Suite 101 , Jersey City, NJ 07302 (201)-217-4614
34 Assemblyman THOMAS P. GIBLIN 1333 Broad Street, Clifton, NJ 07013 (973)-779-3125
35 Assemblywoman ELEASE EVANS 100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 1400, Paterson, NJ 07505 (973)-247-1521
35 Assemblywoman NELLIE POU 100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 1403-05, Paterson, NJ 07505 (973)-247-1555
36 Assemblyman GARY S. SCHAER 1 Howe Avenue, Suite 302, Passaic, NJ 07055 (973)-249-3665
36 Assem FREDERICK SCALERA 800 Bloomfield Ave., Lower Level, Nutley, NJ 07110 (973)-667-4431
37 Assem VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE 1 Engle St., Suite 108, Englewood, NJ 07631 (201)-541-1118
37 Assemblyman GORDON M. JOHNSON 545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201)-928-0100
38 Assemblywoman JOAN M. VOSS 520 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 (201)-346-6400



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I attended the hearing today and I was surprised there were so few recreational fishermen present. Bill Fegley's presentation was compelling. He proved that commercial pots should not be on the reefsites. Even Senator Smith, the Committee Chairman, said he couldn't understand why this bill hasn't already passed. It was interesting, but there were too many politicians together in one room!
 

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Yeah but to eliminate one group from fishing the reefs. They will be after you next...
If people vote correctly in November of 2010 and 2012, "they" can come after us all they want..... it won't matter.

This whole entire thing is about who is in power (elected to office), and who has the money to fight in court (they have PEW).
 

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I am by no means calling everyone in favor if this an enviro whacko. There will be people who are pushing to end all fishing pushing for this bill as its just another step closer to there goal:( The rec. and comm. guys both want to be able to fish the reefs and then there are those that want nobody to fish the reefs is my only point


Several "enviro whackos" signed in at yesterday's hearing in favor of the bill.
 

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Recs and Comms need to band together to preserve our ability to fish.

While we're at it, discussing/fighting how to distribute those allocations amongst the tow groups is something that needs to be done as well.

The two are not mutually exclusive.

We do not have to agree on everything in order to unite against the enviros.
 

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if this bill passes it will give all the recreational fisherman a place to not be able to fish for fluke, seabass, and blackfish, because the seasons are closed
then we can go and not fish for sharks because that will be closed,

I think the bosses are doing us a favor not letting the commercial guys fish for dogfish, they will be the only thing left to catch as a recreational angler
 

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Next step in the battle for our reefs...

General Assembly Leadership

Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver (D) (Assembly Speaker)
DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:

15-33 Halsted Street
Suite 202
East Orange, NJ 07018

PHONE NUMBER: (973) 395-1166
FAX NUMBER: (973) 395-1724
EMAIL: [email protected]


Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D) (Majority Leader)
DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:

985 Stuyvesant Ave.
Union, NJ 07083

PHONE NUMBER: (908) 624-0880
FAX NUMBER: (908) 624-0587
EMAIL: [email protected]


Assemblyman Jerry Green (D) (Speaker Pro Tempore)
DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:

17 Watchung Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07060

PHONE NUMBER: (908) 561-5757
FAX NUMBER: (908) 561-5547
EMAIL: [email protected]


Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley (D) (Majority Conference Leader)
DISTRICT OFFICE ADDRESS:

235 Ninth Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

PHONE NUMBER: (201) 217-4614
FAX NUMBER: (201) 217-4617
EMAIL: [email protected]


Call them, write them, fax them, email them. Ask them to have the bill heard in committee! Let them know you want the "Pots Off the Reefs"!
 

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first comm.s

first the comm. will be band then down so will the the sports:nuts:
they will come up with same old bs data making the reef a safe haven.
and the state of n.j. can only stop comms from fishing in state waters
THAT MEENS 3 MILE line how many reef are inside that:confused:
but pat yourselfs on the backs if you must.
the tree huggers im sure are CHEERING YOU ON:wave:
 
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