HOFNOD Bill A5113/S3457 will need to be reintroduced for 2020. We will keep you posted as to when this will be assigned new bill numbers for 2020.

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.

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.

$200 Student Travel Award Offered

The annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference will be held April 19-21 in Long Branch, NJ. The conference provides opportunities for education, discussion, and exchanging of ideas in the areas of wildlife biology, fisheries, outreach and education, and law enforcement. Graduates or undergraduates in wildlife or a related field are welcome, and those who have had a paper or poster accepted for presentation for the current year are eligible for a student travel award of $200.

Visit the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA).

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.

Upcoming 2020 Events
Disabled Veterans get Wheels on the Beach

Governor Murphy signed S-1703 and A-715, which allows disabled veterans exempt from beach buggy permit fees. Eligible veterans applying for a NJ Beach Buggy Permit to drive on the beach at Island Beach State Park and Brigantine must provide the following: Form DD 214 Honorable Discharge, Valid NJ Driver License and Registration, Veterans ID Card proof of service-connected disability.

If you plan to fish on the beach you must register for a Free NJ Saltwater Recreational Registration Card. It is suggested new beach drivers take a beach safety driving course. NJBBA offers a beach driving course at this link. For more information about permits and hours contact: Island Beach State Park, 732-793-0506 or Brigantine Community Center 609-264-7350. Visit this link for no cost veteran fishing programs.

An Invitation from NJ Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey's Opening Day of Trout Season this year is Saturday, April 11, and the Division of Fish and Wildlife will again be celebrating by hosting a special event at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford. We would be honored if Veterans and their families from the Play Hook-E program would join Division staff at the hatchery for a morning of camaraderie and fishing at the Pequest fishing education pond. The day will begin with a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the kick-off of trout season at 8:00 a.m. Fishing will conclude at noon. The day’s agenda is attached. Registration is required as there is a limit on the number of participants for the event. Please note all participants (ages 16–69) are required to have a fishing license and trout stamp. These are available online at their website, at local license agents, or at Pequest (Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm) or the day of the event. Service-connected disabled veterans are entitled to free licenses and stamps. More information on the free licenses for qualified veterans can be found at this link.

Please let me know if you are able to join us, as well as the number of people who will be attending no later than Friday, March 27. I can be emailed at jessica.griglak@dep.nj.gov or reached by phone at (908) 637-4125 x115.

If you know of any other veterans who would like to join us for the day, please pass this information along.

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