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Old 12-18-2010, 08:27 AM
apmaurosr apmaurosr is offline
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Belmar, NJ

12/17/10

On December 20, 2010 the full Senate is scheduled to vote on bill S1122 (free saltwater registry.) The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck (R) and Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D), and would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to administer a free saltwater registry program to comply with the federal mandate for data collection. The bill was approved 4-0-1 in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee last week.

"I'm sure that most anglers are ecstatic about the prospect of a free saltwater registry, and who wouldn't be?" asked Anthony P. Mauro, Sr, Chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (CF). He continued, "But our due diligence on this bill leaves us short on answers. We've yet to be told where the funds will come from to pay for the free registry. Frankly speaking, we also have some unease about whether the bill best accomplishes what it is designed to do."

The reason some anglers are concerned with knowing the source for funding the implementation and management of the registry is that the projected cost of $600,000 is equal to the entire 2011 appropriation for the Bureau of Marine Fisheries (BMF). The cost of the registry was not budgeted and could exhaust the entire BMF appropriation.

In spite of the above uncertainties the bill is expected to pass in the Senate and head to the Governor for consideration. When pressed for his opinion on whether his concerns are justified Mauro said, "The NJ Outdoor Alliance has helped to give voice to New Jersey's 600,000 saltwater anglers and this tremendously large bloc of constituents creates significant pressure to appease the angling community from both inside and outside of the political realm. The bill is like a hot potato flipping to the Governor to hold. I'm concerned because we haven't been given the finer details and it's the details that always tell the whole story."

Governor Christie has the option of signing the bill. He could also sign it and announce a source of funding at that time. The Governor can choose to conditionally veto the bill and return it to the legislature for amendment(s) or he could exercise a veto.

The NJ Outdoor Alliance (CF) council had reached a consensus of a $2.00 saltwater registry to cover the projected $600,000 cost. The BMF budget has already been slashed to such a degree that there is concern by conservation organizations as to whether the bureau will be able to adequately adhere to federal requirements for fisheries research and management. Ultimately, a weakened BMF could contribute to fishery closures.

The 23 organizations that comprise the NJ Outdoor Alliance (CF) council agree in theory with the free registry. They were represented in Trenton by Mauro to testify before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. It was planned for Mauro to receive assurances about a funding source and get answers about the viability of the bill from the Senate committee. However, a vote was taken on the bill without public comments.

Mauro emphasized, "New Jersey has a looming deficit of $10.7 billion for 2011 and we feel it is in the best interests of anglers to know upfront whether monies currently budgeted for natural resource management will be cannibalized. Also, with a $15.00 Federal registry fee to be imposed in a few weeks it could be very problematic should the bill need amending." Mauro continued, "We are not against a free saltwater registry, we are simply proceeding with caution and trying to gain a better understanding of all the variables. As I've said before our priorities are the integrity of our natural resources and the interests of the angling community."

The NJ Outdoor Alliance (CF) will continue to provide updates on the bill.



Anthony P. Mauro, Sr
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New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:20 AM
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The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) reports the free state registration bill that passed in the Senate just a day earlier isn't quite ready to go to Gov. Christie because a minor amendment in the Senate requires that it must be sent back to the Assembly -- where it had already been approved. That may delay the whole process into the New Year -- and the funding question still hasn't been resolved. The NJOA is concerned about the possible shifting of funds from already cash-strapped wildlife programs to the registry.

As noted here several times, it makes sense to take advantage of the still-free federal registration that applies this month -- but will change to a charge of $15 on Jan.1. Simply visit www.countmyfish.noaa.gov, provide your name, address, phone number, and state you plan to fish in -- and you' won't have anything to worry about until next year.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:43 PM
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Every thing depends on getting the bill placed on the docket for the next session of the Assembly. Contact the Assembly Leadership and ask them to post it. Here is the Legislative schedule for the first few weeks of 2011:


NEW JERSEY LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

Office of Legislative Services ? Office of Public Information

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2011

SENATE SESSION 2:00 PM Senate Chambers
Voting Session: Board list to be announced

ASSEMBLY SESSION Assembly Chambers
Voting Session: Time and board list to be announced

MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011

SENATE SESSION 2:00 PM Senate Chambers
Voting Session: Board list to be announced

ASSEMBLY SESSION Assembly Chambers
Voting Session: Time and board list to be announced

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011

JOINT SESSION
Joint Session to receive Governor's State of the State Address

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legisla...dar/122110.htm
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:44 PM
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These Legislators need to hear from you:

NJ Assembly Leadership

Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver
(Assembly Speaker)
15-33 Halsted Street
Suite 202
East Orange, NJ 07018
Phone: 973-395-1166
Fax: 973-395-1724
AswOliver@njleg.org
Legislative District 34

Assemblyman Joseph Cryan
(Majority Leader)
985 Stuyvesant Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-624-0880
Fax: 908-624-0587
AsmCryan@njleg.org
Legislative District 20

Assemblyman Jerry Green
(Speaker Pro Tempore)
17 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Phone: 908-561-5757
Fax: 908-561-5547
AsmGreen@njleg.org
Legislative District 22

Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley
(Majority Conference Leader)
235 Ninth Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: 201-217-4614
Fax: 201-217-4617
JoanQ@aol.com or AswQuigley@njleg.org
Legislative District 32

Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin
(Deputy Majority Leader)
1333 Broad Street
Clifton, NJ 07013-4219
Phone: 973-779-3125
Fax: 973-779-3156
AsmGiblin@njleg.org
Legislative District 34

Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes, III
(Majority Whip)
3 Stephenville Parkway
Suite 2E
Edison, NJ 08820-3061
Phone: 732-548-1406
Fax: 732-548-1623
AsmBarnes@njleg.org
Legislative District 18
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