Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2003 Newsletter)


The JCAA Youth Education Committee would like to schedule a “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” certification training session during the month of February or March.  We will provide a signup sheet for JCAA member representatives to bring back to their club or organization.  Members of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will present the HOFNOD certification program.  Wayne Tonneson, NJ Conservation Officer and NJ State Coordinator for the Future Fisherman Foundation’s “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” program, will assist the JCAA Youth Education Committee with choosing a training/certification schedule that will be suitable for our needs.  If you would like more information about the upcoming HOFNOD certification program and youth fishing programs, please e-mail Greg Kucharewski at gkucharews@aol.com and place HOFNOD in the subject line.


Eileen Smith, Shore Surf Club, Past President accepted the 2002 JCAA Youth Education Award for the Shore Surf Club.  Congratulations to the Shore Surf Club for their continued promotion of family fishing and providing “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” programs for middle school students.  I would also like to thank all attendees, sponsors and merchants that support the JCAA Annual Sportsperson of the Year Award Dinner.  Funds realized from the dinner help support many JCAA Youth Education programs throughout New Jersey.


Recently, Greg Kucharewski met with Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, Marine Scientist Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory to discuss how to implement new aquatic education material that will feature the Barnegate Bay Watershed.  The J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee will help research material for the updated Saltwater Resource Fishing Book she has produced to teach youngsters about saltwater fishing.  The Saltwater Resource Fishing Book is part of a project to teach students how to fish for saltwater species of fin/shell fish and protect our aquatic environment.  When the Saltwater Resource Fishing Book is completed the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee will help distribution by providing books to youngsters at saltwater fishing seminars and outdoor hunting and fishing expositions.


On 27 November 2002, I attended a Law Enforcement Committee meeting that was hosted by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife at the Nacote Creek Enforcement Office.  The main topic was to review penalties for significant violations concerning New Jersey shell/fish regulations that commercial fisherman and recreational anglers disregard.  Hey kid’s, help me get the word to all adults that go fishing with you.  Please pickup a FREE copy of the 2003 New Jersey Marine Digest and Freshwater Digest and review all size and bag limits.  After you review the rules and regulations outlined in the NJ Digest and have questions, please phone 609-292-7794.  Please pass this information along and remember if you are caught with undersize fish or if you disobey the rules, conservation officers are only doing their job….protecting the resource.  During 2003, penalties will increase.


The Jersey Coast Anglers Association's, Youth Education Committee, will feature a special youth fishing and boating seminar 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2002, at Raritain Center, Edison, NJ.  Participating merchants at the hunting and fishing exposition will offer special promotions at their booths for children attending the Jersey Coast Anglers Association's Youth Fishing Seminars. Prizes for children and parents are welcome to attend.