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HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS
compiled by CNBNEWS.NET
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Freshwater Fishing Issue is Available
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife Freshwater Fishing Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST is now available in PDF format on the division's website and will arrive at license agents soon.  The DIGEST is also available in a new interactive version on the publisher's website. 
In addition to regulation information, anglers will find several articles concerning fishing in New Jersey of interest. 
To view the PDF version, either in its entirety or in sections which download faster, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digfsh11.htm ; for the interactive version, visit http://www.eregulations.com/NewJersey/fishing/freshwater on the publisher's website.

SAF, ANJRPC Ask for Summary Judgment in New Jersey Lawsuit 
BELLEVUE, Wash.Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs have filed a motion for summary judgment in their federal lawsuit that challenges New Jerseyhandgun carry laws.

SAF and ANJRPC filed the lawsuit last month in federal district court in New Jersey. If this motion is granted, there could be action on the case early in 2011.

"We're challenging New Jersey's unconscionable law that forces citizens to demonstrate some absurd 'justifiable need' in order to exercise a constitutional right to keep and bear arms," said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. "The way Garden State officials consistently abuse their authority to deny handgun licenses under existing statute is simply unconstitutional, and our case will prove that."

The legal brief filed as part of Monday's summary judgment motion details the legal reasons for overturning New Jersey's carry laws.  

Since its historic Second Amendment victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago, SAF is also pursuing challenges to similar gun permit law abuses in New YorkCaliforniaMaryland and Washington, D.C., and has also filed a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's Emergency Powers statute, along with several other important Second Amendment cases.  

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.  

SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation

U.S. SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE Top News:

HSUS President Gets Heat For Vick Comments
Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is under fire over a recent newspaper comment he made concerning Michael Vick.  This time though, the “heat” is not from sportsmen but from HSUS supporters.

Park Service Cuts Public Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The National Park Service has approved a new Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina that severely restricts public access and off-road vehicle use. 

Blog: HSUS Continues to “Mainstream” Image
By Greg R. Lawson, Director of Communications
Even while the controversy over the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) president’s recent comments about Michael Vick are raising eyebrows, the animal right’s group is on the verge of getting a quarter of a million dollars from Pepsi!

 

JERSEY COAST ANGLERS ASSOCIATION NEWS JANUARY ISSUE

NOTICES

2011 High Roller Raffle
It is now time for the JCAA High Rollers 2011 Raffle. We have put together a terrific selection of rods and reels and other prizes for a raffle that will be drawn on April 26, 2011. This is a major fundraiser for the JCAA. The 8 prizes are listed below with a value of over $3,321.00. Tickets will be two dollars each and Club Representatives can get books.....
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Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series Comes to Atlantic City!
Contact 1-800-448-7360
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will kick off its 2011 Tour in Atlantic City on Saturday, January 8. The Trump Marina Hotel & Casino will host the 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. presentation inside their Grand Cayman Ballroom. George Poveromo - Host of George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing on VERSUS, and Editor-At-Large.....
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President's Report by Mark Taylor
It is coming to the end of another year that I have been in office as JCAA President. We will have someone new as our president for the year 2011. There have been many fisheries issues that have arisen and more to come. I will continue to fight for our share of the resource and to protect it for the future. It has been an honor to be your.....
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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
December Joint Meeting ASMFC and MAFMC
We are approaching the end of the year and we don't seem to be making much progress. The joint meeting to establish recreational quotas always takes place in December. Every time I return with the same disappointments and complaints. Every time NMFS bases their decisions on poor stock assessments and the fatally flawed Marine.....
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National Wildlife Federation - Offshore Wind Power Report
Every state with significant offshore wind resources from Maine to Georgia has taken some steps forward on offshore wind. Northern states (Maine to Maryland) have the most advanced projects while Southern states (Virginia to Georgia) are quickly mobilizing on a series of projects. See detailed chart and state.....
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Good News for Barnegat Bay and New Jersey
Finally, some good news. It has been a good month for the bay. The legislative package for Barnegat Bay is moving through the legislative process. By the time you read this newspaper the fertilizer bill should have been signed by the Governor. Other bills should be moving forward for his signature. Governor Christie has released his.....
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Saltwater Registry
As we go to press, the NJ Senate passed a free saltwater registry bill. It now awaits action by Governor Christie. JCAA has been trying to get a registry bill passed since the Magnusson Stevens Act was passed in 2006. We offered many options but no action was taken until the deadline loomed. This is the only bill that would allow New.....
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Governor Christie's Recommendations for Barnegat Bay Press Release excerpt, 12/9/2010
The ecological health of Barnegat Bay is in decline, threatening the economic health of the region. Governor Christie has made addressing the degradation of Barnegat Bay-including resolving the issue of a cooling system at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant-one of his Administration's top environmental priorities. The Bay cannot be.....
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Senator Robert Menendez Letter on Black Sea Bass
Dear Secretary Locke:
I write with grave concerns about the processes being used to set bag and size limits for the Black Sea Bass Fishery. Insufficient data, questionable survey methods and a lack of resources to improve data collection have caused many in the fishing community to come to distrust NMFS.....
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Pallone Requests NOAA and NMFS Reconsider Misguided Black Sea Bass Regulations
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Thursday requested Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke intervene on behalf of the recreational fishing public and associated businesses to make the quotas proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Services less.....
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December 2010 Joint MAFMC & ASMFC Meeting Motions Virginia Beach, VA, December 14-15, 2010
Summer Flounder Recreational Management Measures for 2011
Move conservation equivalency for 2011 summer flounder fishery with a non-preferred coastwide measure consisting of an 18.5 inch TL minimum fish size, 2 fish possession limit, and an open season from May 1 through September 30, 2011. In addition, the precautionary.....
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New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
On behalf of the JCAA, I attended a November 22nd meeting of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) and the following issues were discussed. The meeting was chaired by Pete Grimblas and he requested the NJOA's lobbyist, Mr. Bill Pascrell, to give a report on the political activities going on in Trenton that may have an impact on us. Bill.....
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Highly Migratory Species Report John T. Koegler
Bluefin Tuna
You need to call and make a reservation to attend a NMFS Bluefin Tuna public hearing on Wednesday, January 5 at 10 AM at NMFS Sandy Hook Lab, NJ. Because this meeting is in a government building you must pre-register to attend. Call Kimberly Damon-Randall at 978-282-8485 x-6535 to register. This meeting is an update from NMFS.....
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ICCAT
Every November USA attends the annual ICCAT meeting. The US held hearing before the meeting to cover possible issues and the proposed US position on what we suggest NMFS do at the meeting. This year's US delegation was headed by NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco. At the ICCAT meeting she met with environmental groups before meeting.....
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Catch Shares
This is a new management program from NMFS that is strongly supported by the Environmental Community. The Environmental Defense Fund, Marine Conservation Biology Institute and World Wildlife Fund are working closely with fishery scientists and mangers to change the way fisheries are managed. Their strong support had NMFS.....
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Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Father Time Fishing Expo
Save the date Father Time Fishing Environ-mental Expo will be held on January 22, 2011, 9:30 a.m. till noon at the Bolger Middle School, 100 Palmer Pl. Keansburg, NJ. If your fishing club would like to support this event, please contact Jeff Johnson ([email protected]) with a short description with your contact info or call Jeff at.....
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Miscellaneous
December Joint Meeting of MAFMC & ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board
by Chris Zeman
The Mid-Atlantic Council met in Virginia Beach on December 13-16 and set recreational management measures for 2011. For summer flounder, the good news is that New Jersey, like most states, are under catch limits for 2010 and are looking at a significant increase in catch limits for 2011. The Council voted to continue conservation equivalency for.....
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E.P.A. Sets Tighter Rules for Hudson River Cleanup
by Mireya Navarro, New York Times, 12/17/2010
The Environmental Protection Agency announced tighter requirements on Friday for the second phase of General Electric's cleanup of chemical pollution in the Hudson River, imposing a stringent limit for the first time on how much contamination can be capped and sealed on the riverbed rather than removed. G.E. will be allowed to cap.....
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