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NJ Law enacted to protect menhaden from reduction fleet. THis happened a few years ago, but why can't it happen in Virginia??

P.L. 2001, CHAPTER 359, approved January 6, 2002
Assembly, No. 3512
AN ACT concerning the taking of menhaden in State coastal waters 1
and amending R.S.23:3-51. 2
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BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State 4
of New Jersey: 5
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1. R.S.23:3-51 is amended to read as follows: 7
23:3-51. a. A person intending to take menhaden with purse or 8
shirred nets in any waters in the jurisdiction of this State, including the 9
waters of the Atlantic ocean, within [3] three nautical miles of the 10
coast line of this State, shall apply to the commissioner for a license 11
therefore. The commissioner, upon [the] receipt of the application and 12
payment [to him] of the fee [provided in section 23:3-52 of this 13
Title] required pursuant to R.S.23:3-52 , may, [in his discretion] at 14
the commissioner's discretion, issue to the applicant a license [,] to 15
take menhaden [with purse or shirred nets] , except as prohibited in 16
subsection b. of this section . The license shall be void after December 17
31 next succeeding its issuance. 18
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section 19
or any other law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, 20
to the contrary, the commissioner shall not issue a license for the 21
taking of menhaden, and no person may take menhaden, in State 22
coastal waters, including Delaware, Great, Raritan, and Sandy Hook 23
bays, for the purpose of reduction, including conversion to fish meal, 24
oil, and other components. 25
c. This act shall not affect the taking of menhaden in State coastal 26
waters for the use as bait for commercial or recreational purposes. 27
(cf: P.L.1979, c.199, s.66) 28
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2. This act shall take effect immediately. 30
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STATEMENT 33
34
This bill prohibits the taking of menhaden in State coastal waters, 35
including Delaware, Great, Raritan, and Sandy Hook Bays, for the 36
purpose of fish meal reduction. Under the bill, the licensed taking of 37
menhaden in State coastal waters for use as bait for commercial or 38
recreational purposes would continue to be permitted.

S2252 CIESLA, BASSANO
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EXPLANATION - Matter enclosed in bold-faced brackets [thus] in the above bill is not
enacted and intended to be omitted in the law.
Matter underlined thus is new matter.
AN ACT concerning the taking of menhaden and amending R.S.23:3- 1
51. 2
3
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State 4
of New Jersey: 5
6
1. R.S.23:3-51 is amended to read as follows: 7
23:3-51. a. A person intending to take menhaden with purse or 8
shirred nets in any waters in the jurisdiction of this State, including 9
the waters of the Atlantic ocean, within [3] three nautical miles of the 10
coast line of this State, shall apply to the commissioner for a license 11
therefor. The commissioner, upon the receipt of the application and 12
payment [to him]of the fee provided in section 23:3-52 of this Title, 13
may, [in his discretion] at the commissioner's discretion , issue to the 14
applicant a license, to take menhaden [with purse or shirred nets], 15
except as prohibited in subsection b. of this section. The license shall 16
be void after December 31 next succeeding its issuance. 17
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section 18
or any other law, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, 19
to the contrary, no commissioner shall issue a license for the taking of 20
menhaden, and no person may take menhaden for the purpose of 21
reduction, including conversion to fish meal, oil and other 22
components, in State coastal waters, including Delaware, Great, 23
Raritan, and Sandy Hook bays. 24
(cf: P.L.1979, c.199, s.66) 25
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2. This act shall take effect immediately. 27
28
29
STATEMENT 30
31
This bill prohibits the taking of menhaden for fish meal reduction in 32
State coastal waters, including in the Delaware, Great, Raritan or 33
Sandy Hook bays. 34
 

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If you had been at the last VMRC meeting , you would have realized that since Omega Protein is not able to influence the legislature, they have been lobbying the Governor, and Secty of Natural resources....the folks who appoint the VMRC commissioners...I even think they are lobbying the VMRC members. which I would like to see some recreational anglers do likewise...CCA VA had the man , Richard Welton. He talked to them and could influence their vote...recreationals have no one representing us. Oh , yes, there is a designated , governor appointed representative there...his name is Mclesky...but I am not sure he is alive. I think I have never heard him murmur a word during VMRC meetings...except to vote(with the commericals)...We could be better represented with a sack of grain in this chair.

Bob Allen, Hampton
 

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I'd love to go to VMRC meetings, to bad they're not based in Richmond.

The VMRC is stationed, and holds its meetings, for the convenience of watermen and tidewater area fishermen. People who have jobs in other parts of the state can't make it, and often any particular subject may be spread out over several meetings, as Capt Brincefield recently found out. So paid lobbyists, retirees and guys who've brought their catch to the dock early probably comprise most of the audience. Except on snotty days then I bet they have better attendance:D

I like Richard Welton a lot, and yes he had a relationship with, and could talk to, the guys at VMRC. But the same complaints I hear now about CCAVA now are the same complaints that were being voiced when he was ED. Membership declined during his tenure too. I don't blame him for any of it. I do think the commercial and industrial interests will continue to have way more influence on the VMRC, VAGA, and the Gov than rec fishermen unless we get organized.

And I think it needs to be a PAC, not a 501c organization.
 
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