President's Message
By Frank Richetti

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association - April 1997 Newspaper)

Spring is just arriving and things are heating up fast. I am excited about the number of projects that we are involved in and how well they are progressing.

Our Third Annual Fluke Tournament is looking as if it is going to be the best one yet! Our tournament director, Vince Sparano has amassed an awesome number of prizes for each of the ports. Not only will each of the 10 ports have prizes for the top 5 fish in the adult division but there are many prizes for the junior division as well. To top it all off, a lucky person will win a 19 foot Cobia center console, powered by a 115 horsepower Yamaha in our Grand Prize drawing . This is a great day for family and friends to fish together in friendly competition. See Vince's article for details.

I am proud to announce that George Howard has won our Sportsperson of the Year Award. He has been a champion of the resource throughout his career as Director of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Game and then as President of the NJ Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. He currently sits on the Federation Board and is a guiding influence.

This award is a token of our thanks for his years of dedication and hard work on behalf of our natural resources. Our presentation will be held during the April meeting.

This month we have an article from Len Fantasia, Chairman of our Menhaden committee. Len has worked with many clubs throughout the state to formulate a proposal to modify and improve the state regulations governing the menhaden industry. At our January meeting, JCAA member clubs voted unanimously in support of this proposal. I ask each of you to fill in a Menhaden Project petition and send it to the JCAA office. Showing solidarity on this issue will help assure success.

Speaking of solidarity, the most valuable thing that each of us can do is to contact our government representative on any pressing issue. Letters and phone calls carry a lot of weight with our elected officials. The most effective is the hand written miss-spelled note, because they know that this person is not accustom to contacting officials and must feel very strongly about the issue to take the time to express himself. Non-elected officials also need to hear our opinions. This month we have a bluefin tuna action alert posted in this newspaper. I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to contact both Secretary Daley and NMFS administrator Rolland Schmitten.

Use the power of our numbers to convince them that bluefin tuna belong to all of us and that 5 purse seine boats should not receive 20% of the allocation. Writing one letter is like casting one vote, by itself it may not make much of a difference, but counted together letters can change the course of events or in this case the course of policy.

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