Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association February 2020 Newsletter)
HOFNOD Bill

I received the following from Arnie Ulrich, HRFA: HOFNOD Bill / A5113 / S3457 Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin needs a nudge to Post the bill on the floor of the Assembly. Please Help! Time is running out. We’re not exactly sure when the next Assembly voting day will be. December 16, 2019 the Senate passed the HOF-NOD bill, S-3457, by a 38 to 0 vote. Now it's time to encourage Speaker Coughlin to post the bill for a vote in the Assembly. Please call him at 732-855-7441 or send him an email at asmcoughlin@njleg.org. He has said that he did not want to act on any supplemental appropriations until the new session. He has to understand that the funding for HOFNOD does not come from the general fund but its funding is generated from a surcharge that is assessed on each drug conviction and placed in an account to be used for drug interdiction programs. So, there is no cost to the States tax payers and the programs that draw funding from this account are only funded if there are monies in the account.

NJ HOFNOD Workshop 2020

The Division of Fish & Wildlife will host a 2-day Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) leader training May 15-17, 2020, at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Ocean County. Registration is required and due by May 1, 2020.

New Jersey HOFNOD facilitator workshops are hosted by the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and it was well worth the time to learn creative aquatic activities to teach youngsters the importance becoming environmental stewards. During the program, you can learn about the following activities: Conservation & Experiential Education Concept Mapping - What do you know about fish and/or fishing, Ecological Awareness & Wildlife Interdependence, First Impressions, exploring our “perception” about wildlife and ourselves, water, shelter and appropriate space to survive; Fish Biology - Anatomy, Fins & Parts of a Fish, Rods and Reels - Know your Lures & bait, Watersheds, Point & non-Point Pollution, Fly Tying, Environmental Action and Stewardship, Rules & Regulations and Angler Ethics. This workshop is a great learning experience. If you are interested in attending a NJ HOFNOD workshop, please phone or email Liz Jackson, NJ HOFNOD Coordinator Phone: 908-637-4125 x122 email: liz.jackson@dep.state.nj.us.

Social Media Contest for High School Students

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ is inviting high school students to submit a series of original social media posts focusing on a vulnerable NJ species. The contest helps to develop students’ experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and apply critical thinking and project management skills.

Entry is free and gives students the chance to win a cash prize and be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist. Entry deadline is February 28 and social media posts must run between March 1 and March 8, 2020 at midnight. For more information visit this link.

High School Fishing Teams

New Jersey high school fishing teams are already gearing up for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament 2020. With the onset of colder temperatures high school fishing club students can prepare for the tournament by tying rigs and teasers for fishing next year. We encourage more schools and organizations to enter the tournament. Schools that would like more information about the GSFT can contact Karen Byrne at 609-748-4347 or e-mail karen.byrne@dep.nj.gov.

Jersey Shore Surfcasters

We appreciate the continued support of the Jersey Shore Surfcasters for our veteran Play HOOK-e from PTSD and NJ HOFNOD youth fishing program. We look forward to working together during 2020. Don’t forget to come out and support Surf Day on February 22, 2020 at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738.

Disabled Veteran Beach Buggy Access

Received from Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove office: Please be advised that companion legislation, S-1703 and A-715, which would exempt disabled veterans from beach buggy permit fees, was passed by the full Assembly on January 13, 2020.

The legislation has now passed both Houses of the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk for his review and consideration. Please contact your legislators and encourage the Governor to sign the bill.

Send Us Your Event Information

The JCAA’s Youth Education Committee is asking JCAA member clubs/organizations for a listing of scheduled youth and family events that are going to be held by your club or organization during 2020. The purpose of this request is to alert other fishing clubs and organizations that would like to participate in your youth and family event. The JCAA newspaper is a way to get the word out about what’s happening in your club. Use this opportunity to inform others about events your fishing club is doing to promote fishing. The JCAA’s Youth Education Committee will support your event with “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” materials. Please contact Greg Kucharewski with your listing of youth and family events and don’t forget the Sportsmen Shows. Include your booth location, fishing club or organization that will attend. By providing this information you’re fishing club or organization can improve membership and increase consumer participation. Please stop by the JCAA show booth and learn about issues affecting recreational anglers.

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