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PO Box 655

Belmar, NJ 07719

"Preservation through conservation"


Officers: Ed Markowski, Captain Pete Grimbilas, Jerry Natale, Len Wolgast, PhD., Anthony Mauro 

NJOA: Christie Admin. announces $2.1 million grant for small fishing businesses
September 30, 2014

Contact: Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994
Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
Bob Considine (609) 984-1795


(14/P107) TRENTON --Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection is making more than $2 million in grants available to certain fishing-related businesses that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Owners of bait-and-tackle shops, commercial dealers, commercial fisherman, for-hire party and charter boat operators, marinas and those involved in shell-fishing and aquaculture may apply to the DEP for grants of up to $10,000 each to help offset some of the costs of the storm on their operations.

The funds are being provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of a federal fishery disaster declaration for states impacted by Sandy.

"Superstorm Sandy dealt a severe blow to all sectors of the state's commercial and recreational fishing industries," said Commissioner Martin. "We have worked closely with both groups to develop an online application system and make the process as easy as possible for them. The program will focus on helping small businesses, which are the backbone of our state's fishing industry."

New Jersey's commercial fishing industry is one of the largest on the East Coast, landing roughly 175 million pounds of seafood and generating over $1.1 billion in economic activity in 2012. The economic impact of recreational fishing also supports approximately 10,000 jobs and $1.74 billion in annual sales.

Applicants must document a minimum of $5,000 in losses as the result of Sandy. Examples of losses eligible for reimbursement include lost or damaged fishing gear; lost, damaged or ruined product; replacement and/or repair of other equipment; replacement and repair of infrastructure; and revenue lost in the months immediately after Sandy hit.

Grants will be made for losses for which there remains an unmet need for repair or replacement. Activities already undertaken out-of-pocket as part of a business' or individual's recovery effort may also be eligible.

Expression of Interest pre-applications are being accepted beginning October 1 until October 31, from individuals and/or businesses in six fishing-related sectors: bait and tackle shops, commercial dealers, commercial fishermen, for-hire (party and charter) operations, marinas and shellfish/aquaculture.

The Expression of Interest pre-application is only available on-line and can be accessed beginning Oct. 1 from the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Fishery Disaster webpage at

No applications will be accepted after Oct. 31and the Expression of Interest pre-application must be completed to be considered for any direct assistance.

Once an Expression of Interest pre-application is submitted, a team of independent grant administrators will determine an applicant's eligibility. If eligibility is determined, a separate e-mail will be sent to the applicant requesting additional materials/documentation in order to complete a full application.

The following is a list of numbers for grant administrators who can help you: Commercial Fishermen and Shellfish/Aquaculture, 609-292-1057; Commercial Fishermen and Commercial Dealers, 609-292-1055; Bait and Tackle and Marinas, 609-292-9942; Bait and Tackle and For-Hire, 609-984-0232.

NJOA: Here's what NJ newspapers have to say about it... and more!

NJOA is pleased to relay that an overwhelming number of editorial boards from New Jersey's largest newspapers have come out in favor of a comprehensive black bear management policy that relies on managed hunting as a method of controlling black bear migration and population size, which is at the center of public safety concerns. We also applaud their recommendation for continued use of secured trash receptacles and preventative measures for limiting access to food as a means of minimizing human/bear conflicts.    

While these recent announcements are helpful in piercing the veil of public ignorance as to the benefits of managed hunting, it must be noted that there continues to be a disturbing trend by the animal rights lobby to ignore facts and double down on an ineffective approach to bear management. Instead of focusing efforts on responsibly addressing public safety concerns by using a sound bear population management policy, they have undertaken a misleading campaign that relies on a denial of facts (see yellow highlight below) and preys on public ignorance using sexist stereotypes. (See billboard below).

As evidenced in the information that follows, this deceiving campaign continues to be directed at legislators, policy makers, and the general public. NJOA requests that conservationists contact their legislators to let them know that they support the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife policy of managed hunting and "Bear Facts for Homeowners" education as the most effective way to manage black bears in New Jersey.  

Find your legislators at this link and give them a call:
NOTE: The animal rights lobby may soon be presenting their shortsighted and ineffective philosophy to people in your home town. See their calendar below.

Forwarded message - for info, please visit

NJ - Black Bear Education: Volunteers Needed

After the tragic incident last weekend, which may have involved a black bear, our educational work is even more critical, as the call for an expanded bear hunt has begun. More on this in another email from us once more information becomes available. 

Please help us staff the following information and educational tables - see below. You will always be with an experienced person, so even new tablers are welcomed.

On October 9, we are holding a Special Tabling Event in Trenton to educate legislators about Bear Smart Legislation and the continued use of snare traps by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife in their research for hunting purposes. This is the best way to reach out to legislators about black bears. 

On November 7, we are holding our 3rd Annual Silent Art Auction in Morristown. We're counting on you to provide photos and videos to be revealed at the Auction. See details on how to do that below.

To our regular rally attendees: For many years, we've held rallies at many different venues at this time of the year. Due to a critical shortage of volunteers, we've needed to regroup and plan events where we can speak on a one-to-one basis with the public. 

These "special" events need fewer volunteers to organize and implement. So, if you would like to "rally" here's your chance to do it in a different way. We saw first hand how effective this was at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in August. We hope that we can count on your participation and help. And please, make a financial donation to support all of our black bear protection efforts.

Thank you, 

October 5:
Bear Awareness Day 
Van Saun Zoo
216 Forest Avenue, Paramus & Continental Avenue
River Edge, New Jersey
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

A Black Bear Educational Presentation given by Elaine is also taking place. All welcome. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Email us if you can help out.

October 8:
Hillcrest Community Center
1810 Macopin Road
West Milford, New Jersey
7 - 9 p.m.

October 9:
Special Tabling Event for Black Bears 

Wounded paw due to a DFW snare trap.

Please join us for this great opportunity to reach legislators about our Bear Smart Legislation to end baiting and our campaign to ban the cruel use of snare traps by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) for hunting research purposes.

This special event is being held at the State House, 125 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 


October 11:
Autumn Lights Festival
Union Valley Road
West Milford, New Jersey
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Email us if you can spare a few hours at this great event.

November 7:
Silent Art Auction 
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown New Jersey 07960. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Please email Vinnie at
or 973-517-0293 to help out before or during the event.

Special Project: Got Photos/Videos of black bears? Our Art Auction coordinator, Vinnie is working with Igor on a film project to be revealed at the Art Auction. Please email all photos and videos to them.

November 12:
Hillcrest Community Center
1810 Macopin Rd
West Milford, New Jersey
7 - 9 p.m.

Bear Education And Resource is a program of 
Animal Protection League of New Jersey 
PO Box 174 
Englishtown, NJ 07726-0174



Jersey Coast Anglers Association

About Jersey Coast Anglers Association
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1981. The original objective of the JCAA was to combine a loosely fragmented group of marine sportfishing clubs in order to form and promote a united consensus on issues relevant to saltwater anglers in New Jersey. Over teh years, the mission of the JCAA has remained unchanged, but now has the added goal of joining forces with organizations having similar objectives in states along the East Coast and national organizations. While the JCAA is relatively young, it has emerged as the most effective organization of its kind on the East Coast. For more information, or for information about becoming a member of the JCAA, please call (732) 506-6565 or visit


Jersey Coast Anglers Association






Toms River, NJ - April 29, 2014                                          


Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) will hold its 20th Annual Fluke Tournament on August 2nd, 2014 and the Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday evening, August 6th at the Holiday Inn on Rte. 72 in Manahawkin.    The Grand Prize this year is a 14' boat, motor and trailer donated by RJ Marine Service of Cape May, Yamaha  & Sea Lion Trailers.  The first place port prize is still $1,200. 


Ten Great Reasons to Enter the 20th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament on August 2nd

One - Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes!

Two - A great day of fishing fun with family and friends!

Three - A gala awards celebration

Four - Nine ports to fish from -- each with a $1,200 first place prize!

Five - An evening of fun and prizes galore

Six - Your chance to win the Grand Prize without even catching a fish!

Seven - A drawing for more door prizes than you can shake a graphite rod at!

Eight - A chance to take five of your friends or family fishing!

Nine -90 fabulous port prizes! Ten chances to win at each port. Odds like this you won't see in Vegas.

Ten - You'll be helping the Jersey Coast Anglers Association fight to protect your fishing rights and the marine environment!



This event is actually nine mini-tournaments in one. Each weigh station has its own set of prizes for the heaviest fluke brought to the scales including $1,200 in cash for first place: Jersey City donated by Liberty Landing Marina, Manasquan River donated by Hoffman's Marina, Barnegat Bay donated by South Harbor Marina, LBI donated by Fisherman's Headquarters, Cape May donated by RJ Marine Service and the rest of the ports donated by JCAA.


Major Sponsors this year are RJ Marine Service in Cape May who is donating a 14' Starcraft Boat, Yamaha who is donating the engine for the boat and Sealion Trailers who is donating the trailer.   Other Major Sponsors are Costa Sunglasses, Interlux Paint, West Marine, The Fisherman magazine and Canyon Reels.


That's a total of 90 port prizes! But there is more, much more! Contestants register in one of 9 ports from Jersey City  to Cape May, each with easy access weigh stations. You compete only against those boats registered in that port for the generous list of port prizes.


WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR?    This year there will be an Optional Cash Category.  For $60.00 you can enter the optional cash category and again you will only be competing against those who fish out of your port and enter the optional cash category.  Two-thirds of the money goes to the winner and one-third goes to JCAA.



In addition to your chance to win any of the port prizes by using your fishing skills, every boat entered has a shot at winning the Boat, Motor & Trailer Grand Prize and a host of door prizes. These will be given away as part of a huge drawing at the gala awards ceremony hosted by the Holiday Inn on Rte. 72 in Manahawkin on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. At least one member from your crew must be present for you to win these door prizes. There will be plenty of fun at the awards ceremony and you will have a chance to meet the JCAA volunteer staff.  Tournament T-shirts and hats will be available. Come early and  meet the sponsors and have fun! Port prizes and door prizes will, once again, be presented at the event by our master of ceremonies, Dr. Pat Donnelly.


Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA)

Contact:  Jim Hutchinson, Jr. / 888-564-6732


For Immediate Release

  February 27, 2014  


NOAA Fisheries Rewards New England Draggers Again

The Bureau of Commercial Fisheries strikes again!


NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced that the $75 million appropriated by Congress as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 federal budget will be allocated to six fisheries across the country that were declared fishery disasters by the Department of Commerce in 2012 and 2013.


Of the total $75 million in federal fisheries disaster funding, Alaska's salmon fisheries will get close to $21 million, Florida will receive $6.3 million for problems relating to oyster harvest in the Gulf of Mexico, while commercial oyster and blue crab fishermen in Mississippi will receive $10.9 million.


NMFS said that the four coastal New England states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island will share close to $33 million in federal fisheries disaster relief for depleted groundfish stocks there including cod and flounder, while another $1 million will be sent to commercial fishermen in American Samoa following the tsunami of 2009.


Meanwhile, fishermen in New York and New Jersey will share just $3 million to address the devastating impacts following Superstorm Sandy.


In 2013, New York and New Jersey were awarded $5 million in fisheries disaster relief, which after sequestration cuts amount to just over $2 million per state to be allocated to both recreational and commercial fishing businesses impacted by Sandy. According to Jim Donofrio at the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), that money has not yet been implemented because it's too little to disperse to those impacted by the storm of the century.


"If every fishing business owner in New York and New Jersey that was hit hard in the aftermath of Sandy were to show up at the state capital looking for some of this NOAA grant money, they'd probably be able to get a check for $75," Donofrio said. "Well great news, here's another 50 bucks for you."


"New York and New Jersey were thrown under the bus with the Sandy relief money," added John Mantione of the New York Fishing Tackle Trades Association.


On January 14, 2013, Donofrio sent a letter to Congress on behalf of its members urging support of amendments to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act in order to increase the available funding for states affected by Sandy, at least to $50 million. "By working with state officials in New York and New Jersey, and alongside individual stakeholders and industry groups in these affected states, we knew the figure for uninsured and uninsurable loss alone in the recreational industry would eclipse the $150 million mark," he said.


By the Commerce Department's own follow-up estimate, the losses from Sandy to New Jersey was anywhere from $78 to $121 million and approximately $77 million for New York.


Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) whose 2013 House amendment to increase the fisheries disaster relief funding for New York and New Jersey alike was voted down in Congress said called the NMFS announcement disappointing. "The decision to allocate only $3 million for New York and New Jersey fisheries that were devastated by Sandy out of a total appropriation of $75 million is unfair and diminishes the true extent of the damage caused by the 'once in a century' storm," Pallone said.


"New Jersey's fishing industry is a critical driver of our state's economy, which was harshly impacted by the Superstorm Sandy and I have repeatedly called on NOAA to make recovery of our fisheries a top priority," the congressman noted, while calling the funding "insufficient and unrealistic."


Rep. Pallone went on to cite the Commerce Department's report which estimated $193 million in total losses for New York and New Jersey fisheries combined, saying "I find it confounding then, that NOAA has only allocated such a small and inadequate amount of funding to help us recover when the agency itself identified a far more serious need."


While RFA has praised the efforts of House members like Pallone, Jon Runyan (R-NJ) and Tim Bishop (D-NY) for trying to get additional funding through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, Donofrio said U.S. Senators from Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and Mississippi were far more effective in shaking down NMFS for a better allotment of the $75 million in funding.


"New England draggers have consistently overfished in areas they've been allowed in, and their Senate leaders reward them with $33 million in fisheries welfare, not a dime of which is going to the beleaguered charter and for-hire sector. This commercial bias continues at the federal level while our recreational community in New York and New Jersey suffers at the hands of a broken bureaucracy and a federal law which doesn't properly reflect our unique recreational community," Donofrio said.


"If no one in Washington or at NOAA Fisheries is going to help our fishermen and recreational industry sufficiently recoup what was lost as defined under federal fisheries law, then maybe our New York and New Jersey senate delegation can fix the law and help our anglers to keep fishing," Donofrio said.


RFA said the total funding available to support commercial and recreational fishing industry losses following Sandy adds up to about $3.75 million for each state, New York and New Jersey. While the funding mechanism and distribution method has yet to be established, RFA hopes both the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New York Department of Environmental Conservation will work transparently with stakeholders in the days and months ahead to develop a strategy.


"Our recreational sector was never looking at handouts to sit at home like the New England commercial sector, but we were just looking for an honest hand so that our folks can keep fishing," Donofrio added.


According to NOAA Fisheries, states receiving funding have broad latitude to determine the best use of the funds to meet the unique needs of their local businesses and communities, as the monies can be used for activities that, "restore the fishery or prevent a similar failure in the future, and to assist a fishing community affected by such failure."


* In 1970, President Richard Nixon transferred almost all functions associated with the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries to the Department of Commerce and the office was renamed the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Recreational Fishing Alliance  
Contact:  Jim Hutchinson, Jr. / 888-564-6732  
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2014     


Obama Faces Whale Of a Problem Along Jersey Shore


New Jersey recreational and commercial fishermen, along with a coalition of grassroots environmental groups and local activists, are protesting the irresponsible scheduling of a seismic testing program just 15 miles off Barnegat Inlet, a study that very well could last into August.
Scheduled to start on June 3 - which coincides with critical fish and marine mammal migration periods along the Jersey Shore - the seismic testing incorporates high-energy, seismic blasting by way of four- and eight-airgun arrays mounted on a large research vessel that produces sound levels of up to 253 decibels fired in an alternating sequence every 5 seconds.
Approved by the Obama administration as a climate change study designed to access deep sea sediments, the seismic blasting study off the Jersey Coast is being run by Rutgers University and is expected to last 30 days and cover 230 square miles of ocean, though sources believe the effort could continue later into the summer months. 
"Our federal government couldn't have picked a worse time to coordinate such an invasive study," said Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). "Our fishing community is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and this explosive study will scatter fish and potentially do damage to migratory species like bottlenose dolphins, humpbacks and even right whales along our coast that time of year."
Donofrio said members of the for-hire fleet, as well as well as local commercial fishermen, are fearful of the potential impacts on local marine life posed by the seismic airgun blasts. A recent study in the Journal of Acoustical Society of America has confirmed that seismic airguns used in similar underwater oil exploration efforts have damaged the auditory organs of fish. In announcing the $369,358 grant to Rutgers University to perform this seismic study, the National Science Foundation specifically noted how final results of the study "may be of relevance for hydrocarbon exploration industry."
"Under the guise of a climate change study, the Obama Administration has proposed another job-killer for the coastal fishing industry during the prime summer months," Donofrio said. "They're obviously going forward with this study despite our concerns, but at the very least it could be coordinated at a different time of year when the negative impacts of marine life and local economy are minimized."
RFA and other groups are urging the Obama Administration to step in and reschedule the seismic blasting for the winter months of January through March when the effects would be less damaging to marine life and the coastal resource.


Follow RFA 'Tweets' on the seismic testing at

About Recreational Fishing Alliance

The Recreational Fishing Alliance is a national, grassroots political action organization representing recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues. The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation's saltwater fisheries. For more information, call 888-JOIN-RFA or visit