Markowski, Captain Pete
Grimbilas, Jerry Natale, Len
Wolgast, PhD., Anthony
September 30, 2014
Contact: Lawrence Ragonese (609)
Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
Bob Considine (609) 984-1795
ANNOUNCES $2.1 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM TO
ASSIST SMALL FISHING BUSINESSES WITH
SANDY-RELATED COSTS AND DAMAGES
--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
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
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
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
Commercial Fishermen and Commercial Dealers,
609-292-1055; Bait and Tackle and Marinas,
609-292-9942; Bait and Tackle and For-Hire,
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
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. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/bear/bearfacts_know.pdf
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,
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.
Bear Awareness Day
Van Saun Zoo
216 Forest Avenue,
Paramus & Continental Avenue
River Edge, New
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.
1810 Macopin Road
West Milford, New
7 - 9 p.m.
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Contact Eleanor.
Union Valley Road
West Milford, New
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Email us if you can spare a
few hours at this great event.
Silent Art Auction
Morris Museum, 6
Normandy Heights Road, Morristown New Jersey
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Please email Vinnie at email@example.com
or 973-517-0293 to help out before or during the
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.
1810 Macopin Rd
West Milford, New
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 www.JCAA.org.
JERSEY COAST ANGLERS ASSOCIATION
20TH ANNUAL FLUKE TOURNAMENT AUGUST 2nd 2014
ANGLERS ASSOCIATION 20th
TOURNAMENT AUGUST 2nd 2014
Toms River, NJ - April 29,
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
One - Thousands of
dollars in cash and prizes!
Two - A great day of
fishing fun with family and friends!
Three - A gala awards
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!
HUNDREDS OF CHANCES
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
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
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.
THE DRAWING WITHIN
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.
Hutchinson, Jr. /
**RFA NEWS ALERT**
For Immediate Release
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. /
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2014
SEISMIC OCEAN BLASTING TO BEGIN ON JUNE
Obama Faces Whale Of a Problem Along Jersey
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
"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
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