Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Fisheries Management Gets Close to Home:
CONNORS NAMED TO INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS COMMISSION
Naming NJ Representative to the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission is Senator’s Key Role
Forked River: 9th District Legislator Senator Christopher J. Connors has been named to the State’s Intergovernmental Relations Commission, which has the primary function to carry forward the participation of New Jersey as a member of the Council of State Governments, both regionally and nationally.
Senator Connors agreed to serve on the Commission, which had been defunct for years, in the effort to appoint a New Jersey legislative member of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission. Presently, New Jersey is the only of the 15 states included in the Commission which currently has not appointed a legislative member.
Ratified as an Interstate Compact by the states and approved by the U.S. Congress in 1942, the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission was established to enable a joint effort among states to manage their shared migratory fishery resources and affirm their commitment to cooperative stewardship in promoting and protecting Atlantic coastal fishery resources.
Senator Connors issued the following statement regarding his recent appointment:
“In light of the tremendously important role that the fishing industry plays in the 9th Legislative District as well as the state’s overall economy, it is a privilege to be named to the State’s Intergovernmental Relations Commission. I accepted the position from the standpoint that it will allow me to better represent interests of a significant segment of my constituency who take an active interest in fishing.
“Along with my 9th District legislative colleagues, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, I fully understand the pressing need for New Jersey to be appropriately represented on the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission. Accordingly, I intend to take very seriously my responsibility to select a legislative appointee that will not only safeguard the Atlantic fisheries but will vigorously protect the interests of New Jersey fishermen and the state fishing industry.
“As an avid fisherman who grew up on the water, including the Barnegat Bay, I fully recognize the significant role that fishing plays in persons’ lives not only from a recreational perspective but also economically, for those persons who earn a living in the fishing industry. From my experience serving as a Legislator, I understand the beneficial and negative impact that policies adopted by entities such as the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission can have on those with a vested interest in the fishing industry, whether recreational or commercial. It is, therefore, critical that New Jersey have a strong voice on the Commission which is no less greater or impactful than that of other participating states.”
As coastal Legislators, Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove have a longstanding record of representing the interests of fishermen and the fishing industry. The 9th District Legislators authored the law establishing the “Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program” in the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Additionally, the Delegation called for the restoration of funding under the federal budget to prevent the closure of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) James J. Howard lab in Sandy Hook, citing the importance of the fishing industry to the local economy.