(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association February 2000 Newsletter)
NEW JERSEY FISHING FACTS:
"The materials of wealth are in the earth and the seas and in their natural productions" - Daniel Webster
New Jerseys coastal bays and estuaries are critical nursery grounds for the young of our most important commercial and recreational species.
Preservation of these habitats will be critical for sustaining New Jerseys coastal stocks for future generations.
In 1966 Congress noted that marine resources constituted a far-reaching, largely untapped asset of immense significance to the U.S. Yet only 30 years later, two-thirds of the worlds fisheries are overexploited or in danger of being exploited.
Wise management policies will be needed to rebuild these fisheries!
RECREATIONAL & COMMERCIAL FISHING CONTRIBUTE ROUGHLY $2 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO NEW JERSEYS ECONOMY
The New Jersey Sea Grant College Program adopts NOAAs strategic plan for rebuilding sustainable fisheries by refocusing policies and fisheries management planning on increased scientific information and informed decision-making. This is one of Sea Grants most significant goals for the next decade.
This publication is a result of work funded by The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium and the NOAA Office of Sea Grant and Extramural Programs, U.S. Department of Commerce under grant no. NA76-RG0091 (Project No. A/S-2). The U.S. Government is authorized to produce and distribute reprints for governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation that may appear hereon. NJSG-98-398
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