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Old 04-02-2007, 05:57 PM
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Exclamation Letters to the Editor - Atlantic City Press


Bill on reefs sounds fishy

Regarding the March 23 story, “Measure regulates fishing at N.J. reefs/Commercial catch would be banned by McCullough bill”:
State Sen. James “Sonny” McCullough, R-Atlantic, is fishing for votes. You can't use state laws to regulate artificial reefs that are entirely and/or partially outside our state waters.

The idea being put forward is that these reefs were created solely by donations from recreational fishermen. I'm not sure about other reefs, but I know that at the Atlantic City reef, three large boats were all donated by commercial fishermen. I believe that commercial fishermen have also made donations to other sites.

James Donofrio, of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, stated that some commercial fishermen have caught blackfish by the tankful and sold them illegally. The truth is he can't name anyone, and until now only hook-and-line recreational fishermen have been caught selling these fish illegally. Donofrio wants to take even more fish from the commercial fishermen.

The trophy striped bass is based on the allocation that is supposed to be for commercial fishermen but is given to the hook-and-line fishermen. It would seem a fair exchange — take the taug and give back the striped bass.
Bob D'Amico

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