October 21, 1997

For more information contact:
Paul Scarlett at 609-748-2020

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife recently developed a regulatory proposal regarding several marine species which will be published in the November 3, New Jersey Register. A public hearing to discuss the proposed regulations has also been scheduled for November 20, 7 p.m. at Richard Stockton College, A-wing Lecture Hall, Jimmie Leeds Road in Pomona, Atlantic County.

"Many of the proposed regulations will enable New Jersey to comply with coastwide management plans of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, New England Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, while others have been developed to address concerns regarding fisheries within New Jersey," said division Director Bob McDowell. “Anyone with an interest in the future of our marine fisheries should make a point to attend.”

Among the species slated for changes in management measures are blue crabs, Atlantic cod, haddock, bluefish, weakfish, tautog, American eel, summer flounder, black sea bass and Atlantic herring. The proposals also include a change in summer flounder commercial daily trip limits, implementation of commercial quotas and trip limits for black sea bass and a harvest ban of eels less than six inches in length.

Written comments regarding the proposed amendments must be submitted by December 3, 1997 to:

Office of Legal Affairs
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ, 08625-0402
Attn: Ann Zeloof, Esq., DEP Docket # 20-97-10/640
. Individuals may obtain copies of filed documents from the Office of Administrative Law, P.O. Box 409, Trenton, NJ, 08625-0409, Tel. 609-588-6613 for a fee. Be sure to specify proposed amendments to N.J.A.C. 7:25-14.7, 14.10, 18.1, 18.12 and 18.14. Copies will also be available at the public hearing.
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