JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner

by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association October 2019 Newsletter)

On Sunday, November 10th, 2019 we will be having our annual Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. It will be held at the beautiful Martellís Waterís Edge, 125 Bayview Ave, Bayville, NJ from 4-8pm. Tickets again this year are $80 per person and $650 for a table of 10. To reserve your tickets, contact Dan Miller at 609-641-7821 or blueangray@comcast.net.

For dinner we will be starting with mixed field greens with a honey-balsamic vinaigrette. There will be three dinner selections: Chicken Marsala with wild mushrooms and marsala wine; broiled lemon sole with white wine and garden herbs; slow roasted prime rib of beef au jus. For dessert there will be a brownie bar station: Warm triple chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream. There will be a cocktail hour with a cash bar and six individual hand-passed hors díoeuvrs; mini crab cake balls, herb & garlic cheesy stuffed mushrooms, filet mignon & vegetable skewers, chicken & pineapple skewers with teriyaki glaze, chilled jumbo shrimp and clams casino.

We MUST give a head count one month prior to the dinner, so please call or email Dan and let him know whether or not you or your club is attending and how many will be attending. At this time we are not sure who the guest speaker is going to be. And, as usual, we will be having a tricky tray auction, silent auction and plenty of door prizes.

I am also in need of door prizes and tricky tray Auction and silent Auction prizes. If you or your club have something to donate, please contact me at (609) 709-9215 or at pturi72@gmail.com. It would help if each of our member clubs donated a prize or solicited the bait and tackle shops that its members support.

Remember, bring your significant other. I always have prizes for the ladies too!

This yearís honoree is John A. Tiedemann. John is the Assistant Dean at Monmouth Universityís School of Science and Director of the Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy Program. Since 1978, Johnís career has been dedicated to protecting marine habitats and water quality. He helped identify sources of marine pollution and developed best practices for the management of marine fisheries, watersheds and coastal zones. John also works with Stripers Forever to protect striped bass and to restore the species.

In addition to his work as a researcher, scientist and educator, John is an avid angler and waterman who has been recognized with appointments to the Fisheries Conservation Foundation Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee to the NJ Sea Grant Consortium, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Education Sub-committee and various other organizations.

You may see John on the beach fishing or with Monmouth University students collecting striper data and biological specimens and tagging released fish. John has introduced his students to fishing and helped them to catch their first striper.

In 2015, 1,000 striped bass posters were distributed to every bait and tackle shop and marina in NJ. John helped develop and distribute those posters along with 10,000 copies of the Striped Bass Catch and Release length/weight cards available for free at shows, club meetings, and other events.

John presented at the American Fisheries Society 2018 Annual Meeting and 2019 Jersey Shore Surfcasters Surf Day.

Johnís work is built into his daily life and his continuous work to protect the marine environment makes him worthy of this award.

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