President's Report

by Mark Taylor
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2018 Newsletter)

Summer flounder (fluke) and Black Sea Bass regulations were set for 2018 at the April 5th New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council Meeting which Past President Paul Haertel was there representing JCAA. Paul did a great job summarizing what went on at that meeting which is in this newsletter and also on our Facebook page.

Hopefully, you got a few High Roller Raffle tickets at one of the shows that JCAA had a booth. If you were in our fluke tournament last year you will be receiving a few tickets in the 1st mailing of the tournament which will be mailed at the end of April. Fill them out and get them back before the drawing which is going to be held on May 29th. Good luck to all that enter and thanks for your continuing support.

The JCAA Fluke Tournament is coming up fast so mark your calendar for August 4th. As I mention, the 1st mailing will be going out by the end of April to remind all those who participated last year and prior years. If you supplied us with an email in the past the reminder may come by email. We will have a new online way to sign up for the tournament. There will be more about this in months to come.

The registry is an important tool that will help fishermen and policymakers work together to better account for the contributions and impacts of saltwater anglers on ocean ecosystems and coastal economies. It is part of a national overhaul of the way NOAA collects and reports recreational fishing data. The goal of the initiative - known as the Marine Recreational Information Program, or MRIP - is to provide the most accurate information possible that can be used to determine the health of fish stocks. Reliable, universally trusted data will in turn aid anglers, fisheries managers and other stakeholders in their combined efforts to effectively and fairly set the rules that will ensure the long-term sustainability of recreational fishing. This Registry is not a license. New Jersey DOES NOT have a saltwater license. There are people that fish saltwater in New Jersey that need to have this and there are people that are exempt. You can get more information from the NJ Division Fish and Wildlife website. I am asking you whether you are exempt or not to get this saltwater recreational registry certificate to show how many of us actually fish recreationally. Remember, it is FREE and you can print it on your own printer. You can go directly to the website at this link.

The Sportsperson of the Year Dinner will be held in November at the Crystal Pt. Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant. It is time for your club to start thinking of who they would like to nominate for this important honor. The club should talk it over and email a short bio of 150-250 words explaining the accomplishments of the nominee to the JCAA Office and myself at mtsport64@aol.com.

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