(from Jersey Coast Anglers
Association January 2006 Newsletter)
A bill that would change
New Jersey striped bass regulations to conform with the Atlantic States
Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) coastal standard of two at a 28-inch
minimum per day will be considered by the Senate Environmental Committee
at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. Bill S2450 is a bipartisan effort by Monmouth
County Senators Joe Palaia (R) and Ellen Karcher (D), with co-sponsorship
by Gerald Cardinale (R).
The comparable Assembly
bill is A3790 by Sean Kean (R) with co-sponsorships by Republicans Steve
Corodemus, David Wolfe, Bill Baroni, Joe Azzolina and James Holzapfel plus
Democrats Louis Manzo, Patrick Degnan, Michael Panter and Robert Morgan.
The Assembly Agriculture
and Natural Resources Committee meets Thursday at 2 p.m. Tom Fote of the
Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) reports its chairman, Robert Smith
II, has filed notice of a bill he will introduce relative to striped bass.
Smith is the author of the present regulations, but Fote suspects his bill
will only allow filleting of stripers by party and large group charter
boats as is the case now with other regulated species -- and won't
interfere with the move to two at 28.