President's Report

by John Toth
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2021 Newsletter)

Bill (A 1365) was passed out of the Assembly Agricultural Committee on June 14th that would prohibit competitive events for trapping and hunting. It does not yet apply to recreational anglers. If this bill receives final approval, it would most likely be extended to include recreational anglers in due time. We would not be able to enjoy our tournaments for fluke and other species. I have written a column in this newsletter that explains this bill in more detail and the threat it applies to all of us. Unfortunately, we always have to defend our rights to fish and hunt in New Jersey and the JCAA is a partner with other organizations like the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) to protect what we enjoy so much in our state.

We seem to be over with this pandemic which has such negative effects on our entire economy and lifestyle. Because of it, we had to conduct all of our meetings by ZOOM. While ZOOM has its advantages, it does not replace the in-person meetings that generate lively discussion and the camaraderie that result from it. While we do not have JCAA General Membership meetings in July and August since we are out fishing, we may again have in-person meetings again in September. I will keep you informed about our having this type of meeting again.

Also, the JCAA is looking forward to having its Sportsperson of the Year dinner again. Please think about who you would like to nominate from your club to receive this prestigious award. Nominations for it will be taken at our September 28 meeting.

Enjoy your summer and catch a lot of fish!

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