HUNTING AND FISHING NEWS
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2011 Deer Classic Winners
|The Garden State Deer Classic is an annual event showcasing hunter entries in New Jersey’s Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program, which was initiated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife in 1964.
Along with the winners present at the Classic, appearing in the photos on this page are, left to right: Anthony Mauro of the NJOA Conservation Foundation, Phil Habrukowich of the UBNJ, Ed Cuneo, President of the NJSFSC, and DFW Director Dave Chanda.
For the complete list and actual scores, see the list of winners ...http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/classic11winrs.htm
The NJ School of Conservation in Sussex County will again be the host site for an exciting Coldwater Conservation School being offered by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and the NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited and its supporting chapters. The School will be held June 23 - 26 and is open to youths who will be between the ages of 11 and 14 at the time of the program.
The goal of the School is to foster knowledge and appreciation of trout and the coldwater habitats on which they depend. Understanding all of the elements necessary for healthy streams and good trout habitat helps students realize the importance of stream and water quality protection, and roles they can play in stream conservation.
Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists and instructors from Trout Unlimited will teach sessions about stream ecology, fish habitat, fish biology and identification, aquatic insect identification, fly tying, fly-casting, and stream restoration. There will also be evening programs where students will learn about reptiles and New Jersey's black bears.
The cost of the Coldwater Conservation School is only $200.00, which includes food, lodging and equipment for the entire 4 days and 3 nights.
Applications are due no later than April 1, 2011. Students accepted into the School will be notified by the end of April. Last year's School was very successful with more than 50 participants, so be sure to get your applications in on time!
Information about the Coldwater Conservation School, including the official application, can be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/conservation_school.htm .
Information about Trout Unlimited can be found at: http://www.njtu.org/ and the NJ School of Conservation at http://csam.montclair.edu/njsoc/ .
Questions about the School should be directed to Jessica Griglak at (908) 637-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
States Schedule Hearings on Draft Addendum VI to the Tautog FMP Draft Addendum Proposes Measures to Address Illegal Live Market and Prevent Overfishing
Arlington, VA - Atlantic coastal states from Massachusetts through Virginia have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum VI to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled meetings follow:
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
February 10, 2011; 6:00 PM
Fall River Heritage State Park,
Visitors Center Auditorium
200 Davol Street
Fall River, Massachusetts
Contact: Nichola Meserve at (617) 626-1531
Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife
February 15, 2011; 5:00 PM
URI, Graduate School of Oceanography
Coastal Institute Auditorium
215 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Contact: Jason McNamee at (401) 423-1943
Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
February 8, 2011; 7:00 PM
Marine Headquarters Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Contact: David Simpson at (860) 434-6043
New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
February 22, 2011; 7:00 PM
Marine Resources Headquarters
205 North Belle Mead Rd, Suite 1
East Setauket, New York
Contact: Steve Heins at (631) 444-0436
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
February 15, 2011; 7:00 PM
Ocean County Administrative Building
Public Hearing Room 119
101 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, New Jersey
Contact: Pete Himchak at (609) 748-2020
Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
February 8, 2011; 6:00 PM
Shoreline and Waterway Management Section
Lewes Field Facility
901 Pilottown Road
Contact: Cynthia Cleaver at (302) 645-1061
Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
February 9, 2011; 5:00 PM
Ocean Pines Library
11107 Cathell Road
Ocean Pines, Maryland
Contact: Carrie Kennedy at (410) 260-8295
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
February 15, 2011; 6:00 PM
2600 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor
Newport News, Virginia
Contact: Jack Travelstead at (757) 247-2247
The Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the tautog management program:
(1) address the illegal trade of live tautog and,
(2) prevent increases in fishing mortality (F) prior to the completion of the next assessment.
The Draft Addendum was initiated in response to concern regarding the condition of the tautog stock and possible increased pressure on the stock due to illegal fishing activities and continued overfishing. Over the past couple of years, the Board has received reports from its Advisory Panel, Technical Committee, and the fishing public expressing concern about the illegal trade of live tautog and increased poaching. Options to address illegal live harvest include prohibiting recreational anglers from possessing live tautog and requiring recreational anglers to mark any live tautog.
Given that coastwide F continues to exceed the target established in Addendum IV, the Draft Addendum also proposes measures to prevent increases in F prior to the completion of the next assessment (spring/summer 2011). Specific options include requiring states to implement additional restrictions to meet the F target, a reduction of the F target, a requirement that state regulations prohibit possession in excess of existing bag/possession limits, and recommendations for tautog management in federal waters. The Draft Addendum also contains several other management issues for public comment that may be developed and considered in a future addendum.
Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum, either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addendum can be obtained via the Commission's website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (703) 842-0740. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on March 4, 2011 and should be forwarded to Chris Vonderweidt, FMP Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 842-0741 (FAX) or at email@example.com (Subject line: Tautog Addendum VI). For more information, please contact Chris Vonderweidt at (703) 842-0740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Management Information
ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board to Meet February 3, 2011 to Discuss Recreational Measures for Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass
Arlington, VA - The ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board will meet via a web-based conference call on February 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be for the Board to consider approval of the 2011 state conservation equivalency proposals for summer flounder, as well as review possible options for recreational black sea bass management.
In December, the Board tasked staff with developing options for regional and state-by-state black sea bass measures. The Board may choose to move forward with including these options in a draft addendum for public comment to be approved on the conference call. The Board decided to meet via conference call in February to allow the necessary administrative time for the states to implement their summer flounder recreational measures before the start of the 2011 fishery.
To join the call, please go to the ASMFC website under meetings for instructions for the web and telephone portions of the call, http://www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm. For more nformation, please contact Toni Kerns, Senior FMP Coordinator for Management, at (703) 842-0740 or <email@example.com>.
PENNSYLVANIA NASP® STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD ON MARCH 11
Deadline to register is Feb. 18
HARRISBURG –Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging all schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools (NASP®) to register for Pennsylvania’s 2011 NASP® State Tournament, which will be held on Friday, March 11, at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility in University Park, Centre County.
While there is no fee to register, the deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 28, and can be done through the NASP® link on the Game Commission’s homepage (www.pgc.state.pa.us), or directly through the NASP® Tournament website (http://nasptournaments.org).
NASP® helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical education curriculum requirements of the state Department of Education, while at the same time introducing them to the world of competitive archery.
Last year, more than 300 students from nearly a dozen school districts participated in the NASP® state competition. This year, event organizers are expecting nearly 400 students from 20 school districts.
In mid-2010, the Game Commission began coordinating the program, and has grown the program by working with 27 different school districts to get NASP® up and running in their schools. Julie Imes, Game Commission Outreach Coordinator, who oversees NASP® for the agency, noted that, according to figures from NASP®, 30 percent of students who participate in the archery program indicate that they are more interested in other shooting sports since taking the archery program in school
“Also, more than half of NASP® participants indicated that they wanted to continue target archery and 56 percent wanted to try archery hunting, which has a direct relationship to the Game Commission’s mission to recruit and retain hunters,” Imes said. “From the Game Commission’s perspective, NASP® is a win-win situation.”
Started in Kentucky, in 2002, NASP®P has spread throughout the United States, and is now reaching around the world. As of May, there are more than six million students participating in NASP®, and an additional 1.5 million more students are expected to join the ranks of NASP® this year. There are nearly 7,400 schools participating in NASP® in 47 states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Tournaments are held at the state, national and international levels. The national competition was held in Louisville, Kentucky; and the international event was held at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.
For more information on NASP®, visit www.archeryintheschools.org. To get NASP® started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Julie Imes, at the Game Commission headquarters, at 717-787-4250. Also, “PA NASP®” can be found on Facebook by searching for “Pennsylvania NASP®.”