This is an update from Anthony Mauro, Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance <download letter here> or by clicking on graphic...Read More
NJOA TO MEET WITH DEP REGARDING NEW JERSEY PARK SERVICE LAUNCH OF MOTORIZED ACCESS PLAN FOR WHARTON STATE FOREST.
NJOA is receiving a number of comments from outdoorsmen and women regarding the recent New Jersey Park Service launching of a Motorized Access Plan in Wharton State Forest. Many of the comments express concerns that are centered on access issues. In response, NJOA has established a meeting with key DEP personnel to discuss access concerns and we will keep our stakeholders notified of progress. DEP is willing to entertain remedies while adhering to its mission to provide environmental integrity. The launch was designed to mitigate or eliminate environmental damage caused by Off-Road Vehicles at Wharton State Forest. A press release from DEP can be found at the link that follows. http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2015/15_0065.htm Updates will follow. Thank you for your patience. Help us to represent YOU! Please consider becoming an honorary member of NJOA. JOIN...Read More
Exciting new program for New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Members to get an “official” NJOA lapel pin for themselves and a friend. Take this link and complete the application and you will have an opportunity to nominate up to 2 friends. You will also have the opportunity to give your friend a gift membership or simply have the NJOA Membership Director write a letter of introduction, using your name, and invite your friend to join the NJOA as a supporter. Once your friend’s membership has been completed, you will BOTH receive the NJOA lapel pin which is not available for purchase any where else. This program ends May 31,...Read More
We are proud of the accomplishments that NJOA has made in preserving New Jersey’s outdoor heritage. Your support, sponsorship and contribution to NJOA ‘s Hudson Farm Charity Clay Shoot is a golden opportunity to help your fellow outdoorsmen & women. The NJOA Environmental Projects is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of conservation-related public interest activities. These activities are designed to promote wildlife conservation, “Quail in the Classroom,” “Wounded Warrior Hunts,” quail habitat restoration, forest regeneration, and artificial reef building. Thank you for your support Get all the details with links to registration and sponsorship opportunities by CLICKING HERE (link will open in new window) or clicking on the graphic...Read More
The officers of the NJOA would like to thank everyone who responded to this survey. It has been closed. We tabulated responses prior to the close of public comment on 9/30/14. We did leave the survey open for just a few days and are currently re-tabulating the results and considering the many comments shared. Stay tuned . . . . The Atlantic States Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has developed Draft Addendum IV to Amendment 6 for the management of striped bass that proposes new reference points and management options to reduce fishing mortality over the next one to three years for both recreational and commercial fisheries. There are public hearings in progress hosted by the ASMFC to get opinions of anglers on this addendum, and anglers at these hearings have voiced different viewpoints and are divided on this addendum. On one side, many anglers to not want any changes to striped bass regulations (2 fish at 28 inches or more) since the addendum clearly states that striped bass is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring, so wy change it. There is also concern that changing the regulations to allow the catching of one bass would be very damaging to the charter/party boat/tackle shops and related industries. On the other side of this issue, many anglers are concerned that even if the stocks are not presently in trouble, they are in decline and will be by 2017, especially because of the loss of big females that are prolific breeders. So, we have to do something now before it is too late. The new striped bass regulations, if adopted and approved, would take effect in 2015. The NJOA wants to receive your input on Draft Addendum IV so that the NJOA can possibly take a position on this complex issue. The Addendum has a total of 31 pages and it contains multiple tables and graphs that does not lend itself easily to a survey format. Consequently, this survey focuses only a few key issues for feedback to make this survey less time consuming and easy to complete. It does not go into detailed questions concerning commercial fisheries options or other information, but just what you recreational anglers want to hae in place for striped bass regulations starting in 2015. To download the entire Draft Addendum IV to receive very detailed information, visit this link: http://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file//53f3cd5cStripedBassDraftAddendumIV_PublicComment.pdf TAKE THE NJOA SURVEY Opens in a new...Read More