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President's Report

by John Toth
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association November 2017 Newsletter)

JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner will be held at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant on November 12th (Sunday). This is a dinner that is enjoyed by all with good prizes and good food. More importantly, it is an opportunity for us to recognize those individuals who have made contributions through their time and energy to improve in some way the sport we all love. Mr. Tom Siciliano will receive this prestigious prize and the Federation of Sportsmen Club will receive the Youth Education Award.

This dinner starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends around 8:00 p.m. Tasty appetizers are available to start this meeting and our dinner starts around 5:00 p.m. A cash bar is available. This is a fun night to be with your fishing friends and enjoy their company as well as their fishing stories! We usually end the night with a sizeable 50/50 drawing. Have your club representatives call Dan Miller at (609) 641-7821 or email Dan at blueangray@comcast.net to order your tickets and enjoy the dinner as well as supporting the JCAA in its efforts to protect the rights of all anglers who fish in New Jersey’s waters.

We all know the importance of menhaden to our fisheries and its role in the eco-system of our ocean. In this newsletter, you will see a column that is addressed to the Atlantic States Fisheries Commission from the JCAA that comments on their Draft Addendum 3. Most of these comments were written by our Habitat Chairman, Paul Eidman. I only wrote the preface to his comments. It is good that we have Paul to keep track of this most important fishery! Your voice can be heard on this Draft Amendment 3 by going to: (www.menhadendefenders.org). Comments are due by October 24th.

Finally, Our Legislative Chairman, Tom Fote, received the Conservation Champion Award from the American Sportsfishing Association (ASA) at its recent Award Dinner Ceremony. Mike Nussman, ASA Executive Director, presented its Conservation Champion Award to Tom “in recognition of his life-long commitment to fisheries conservation and recreational fishing’s future.”

This is a well-deserved award since Tom has been very much involved with the effects of endocrine disrupters and its injurious results to our fisheries. Tom has also been involved with the cleanup of Barnegat Bay. All of these efforts involve being at many meetings, interacting with many stakeholders and countless hours on the telephone with follow-up issues. Congratulations, Tom!

Tom Fote
Tom Fote (R) accepts ASA’s Conservation Champion Award from Mike Nussman
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