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Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations New Jersey Saltwater Fishing

Living Shoreline

By Kira Dacanay, Principal Fisheries Biologist and Scott Stueber, Assistant Fisheries Biologist

 

Traditionally, structures such as bulkheads and revetments are used to protect coastlines from erosion. Living shorelines are an innovative alternative for stabilizing eroding shorelines in lower-energy environments while also improving natural habitats. A living shoreline was recently installed at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center just west of Island Beach State Park. Catch the full story at www.NJFishandWildlife.com/artsedge_shoreline20.htm

New Jersey: Stock Status & Management Updates

Species

Status

Next Action

American Lobster

Depleted;
Not overfishing

Research stock assessment 2020

American Shad

Depleted; Moratorium since 2013

Research stock assessment
to be completed 2020

Atlantic Menhaden

Not overfished;
Not overfishing

Research stock assessment
completed 2019

Atlantic
Sea Herring

Not overfished;
Not overfishing

Management stock assessment 2020

Atlantic
Striped Bass

Overfished;
Overfishing

Management action for ASMFC; Mandated 18% reduction in removals effective April 1, 2020

Black Sea Bass

Not overfished;
Not overfishing

Operational stock assessment completed 2019; use of conservation equivalency for recreational management starting 2020

Bluefish

Overfished;
Not overfishing

Operational stock assessment completed 2019; mandated 29% reduction in
harvest effective April 1, 2020

Coastal Sharks

Varies by species

Assessments:
blacktip shark and
scalloped hammerhead 2020
blue shark 2021

Cobia

Not overfished;
Not overfishing

SEDAR 58 stock assessment
completed 2020

Horseshoe Crab

Status unknown; Moratorium since 2008

Research stock assessment
completed 2019

Weakfish

Depleted;
Not overfishing

Operational stock assessment
completed 2019

Winter Flounder

Overfished;
Not overfishing

Management stock assessment 2020

 

Marine Fisheries: Recreational Surveys

Be Counted

The Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) has been conducted by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Fisheries staff since 2016. You may see our interviewers at marine public access fishing sites throughout New Jersey. The survey targets marine recreational anglers to obtain information about fishing effort, catch and participation. The more interviews conducted, the more successful this survey becomes for estimating overall catch, which is an integral factor for managing fisheries.

Along with increased outreach at public events, our Marine Fisheries staff are interested in talking with fishing clubs/groups about the importance of the APAIS. We rely heavily on our valued anglers, creating a joint venture to preserve New Jersey’s natural resources. Contact Maryellen Gordon at (609) 748-2020 for us to come to your meeting or event. We look forward to meeting you!

If you’re not “intercepted” for an interview while fishing or contacted through the Saltwater Registry, you can still participate by submitting a fishing report after each saltwater trip to the New Jersey Volunteer Angler Survey. Your reports have a real impact on how New Jersey’s ocean resources are managed. Submit online reports at www.NJFishandWildlife.com/marinesurvey.htm.

 

Sedge Island Field Experience
Programs — Summer 2020

Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center is offering a variety of overnight programs in the summer of 2020 for students, adults and families. Come spend a day/night at the Sedge House and learn about fishing, clamming, salt marsh ecology and what’s edible in and around the Barnegat Bay!

Visit NJFishandWildlife.com/sedge_summer.htm for details, date and cost or contact Karen Byrne at Karen.Byrne@dep.nj.gov.