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Sund. Fed. 3, 08 -- Super Super Bowl win -- body parts in Holgate -- rally for reefs

Sunday, February 03, 2008:

Congrats to the Giants (and, yes, their fans) for winning one of the most exciting Super Bowls since its invention.

I got word late today that body parts were found in Holgate, likely on the beach. I’m sure more will info will be forthcoming about this incident that had detectives scouring the beaches down there. I know that at least three suspected drowning victims – over the past 10 or so years – have never been located so this (somewhat hopefully) will relate to those accidents.

There are fishing alerts this weekend.

Here’s one via the JCAA:

Press Release: The Jersey Coast Anglers Association strongly urges you to use the power of your office to secure the U.S.S. Radford to be used for our state’s artificial reef program.
JERSEY COAST ANGLERS ASSOCIATION
Working For the Saltwater Resource & Marine Anglers
Suite 9, 1201 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone 732-506-6565
Fax 732-506-6975
Web Site http://www.JCAA.org
Email jcaa@jcaa.org


1/31/2008

Commissioner Lisa Jackson
Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State Street
PO Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Dear Commissioner Jackson,

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association strongly urges you to use the power of your office to secure the U.S.S. Radford to be used for our state’s artificial reef program.

This ship, a 560- foot destroyer, would be an ideal addition to our state’s artificial reef program. Its huge structure would attract a correspondingly huge abundance of marine life and greatly enhance
New Jersey’s artificial reef program, which already is the envy of many coastal states. The abundant marine life attracted to this vessel would also enhance the marine environment for diving enthusiasts and anglers who would want to utilize this addition to our reef program. Residents and non-residents of our state using this vessel for diving and fishing would also benefit the local economy through their purchase of gas, meals, diving and fishing gear.

There is a deadline of
February 13, 2008 for our state to apply for the acquisition of the U.S.S. Radford from our Navy. On behalf of our membership that unanimously passed the motion that our state should acquire the U.S.S. Radford at our January 29th meeting and since it would also benefit all of the 1.3 saltwater and divers in our state, we strongly urge you to acquire the U.S.S. Radford for our artificial reef program. For your information, I have attached a document that provides data on the specifications of the U.S.S. Radford

Respectively yours,

John J. Toth
President, Jersey Coast Anglers Association

The next big issue will remain big for weeks to come. The options for the 2008 fluke season are being forwarded from the state to NMFS. These are the configurations of season length, fish length and bag limit that will allow NJ to drop to the reduced 17.1 million pound quota. I will be writing on this tomorrow – and for the weekly column. It is going to be a very testy debate on which of the all-are-lousy choices. Check back.

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