President's Report

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

Sorry I didn’t have a column in the June Newsletter. I will try not to let this happen again. On May 29th we had the Annual High Roller Raffle which was drawn in the JCAA office. We had a few people there to witness it and thank you for taking the time to attend. I want to take the time to congratulate all the High Roller Raffle Winners and thank you for your continuing support.

It’s that time of the year that tournaments are popping up all over the state. This is a reminder that the JCAA 24th Annual Fluke Tournament is going to be held on Saturday August 4th. Let’s increase the number of boats this year. Tell a friend and mention it at your marinas. This is one of our major fundraisers that help us help you in fighting for the recreational share of the resource, so make sure you sign up early.

I know I had this in my column in May but it is very important to participate in. The registry is an important tool that will help fishermen and policy makers 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 this link to register.

As always there is a lot going on with issues that concern the Recreational Community. JCAA has a means to send out timely emails to individuals. If you are one of those individuals that really cares and want to get this information in a form of an Alert then do something about it. Send an email to me at mtsport64@aol.com with the words “Email Alerts” and I will make sure your email will be added to the list for just that.

Our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 11th at Crystal Pt. Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant. Nominations are still open 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 words explaining the accomplishments of the nominee to the JCAA Office and myself at mtsport64@aol.com. The vote will be taken by Club Representatives at the JCAA September meeting, so make sure yours is there.

I spoke at the Hudson River Fisherman Association’s meeting on June 12th. I would like to thank them for the opportunity to speak. I hope the words and information that I spoke about will help motivate their members in being more involved with their club plus JCAA. If you would like us to speak at your club, please send an email to mtsport64@aol.com and in the subject put “Speak at Club.”

Remember, JCAA is always here for you but we need more people to get involved.

Everyone Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer!

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