President's Report

by John Toth
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association April 2021 Newsletter)
The first thing I want to do is to THANK Phil Simon and Paul Haertel and Tom Fote in putting their heads together to develop a response on the behalf of the JCAA to the Mid-Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council (MAMFC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) on the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Allocation Amendment. This amendment is complex with a lot of information requiring a lot of reading and interpretation to determine how it impacts our recreational fishing industry. If we are not on guard, our fishery can be damaged by this amendment and that is what the JCAA does well – Protect the Rights of Anglers who Fish in New Jersey! Both Paul Haertel and I listened to the New Jersey’s Marine Fisheries Council meeting by Webinar on March 4th concerning their determining of what will be our 2021 season for summer flounder. Many anglers were upset by the Council’s decision on this season and, quite frankly; this meeting was just out of control with all types of interruptions to manipulate the Council’s final decision on the season. I wrote an article on this issue and it is in another section of this newsletter. Finally, Zach McCue, Senator Booker’s Chief of Staff, is placing his hat in the ring to be considered the Regional 2 Director of the EPA Administration. Zach has assisted us with access issues at the Sandy Hook National Recreational Park and the JCAA, NJOA and the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs signed a joint letter to recommend his appointment to this position to federal EPA staff. Tom Fote assisted me in putting this paper together.
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