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NJ Saltwater Fishing Free Registry (Now In Effect )
Written by NJDEP   
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 05:05

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The Free NJ Saltwater Fishing Registry is now in effect as of this date. If you haven't registered now is the time

One question that was asked by a lot of guys earlier is part of the Q&A on the NJDEP site for the registry.

Q. I already signed up for the federal registry; do I still need to register in NJ?

A. Yes.  All anglers and for-hire vessel owners and operators must register with the NJSRRP in 2011.  New Jersey will provide a complete dataset to the National Marine Fisheries Service to establish and maintain a list of exemptions from the federal saltwater angler registration program.


The registry is an important tool that will help fishermen and policy makers work together to better account for the contributions and impacts of saltwater anglers on ocean ecosystems and coastal economies. It is part of a national overhaul of the way NOAA collects and reports recreational fishing data. The goal of the initiative - known as the Marine Recreational Information Program, or MRIP - is to provide the most accurate information possible that can be used to determine the health of fish stocks. Reliable, universally trusted data will in turn aid anglers, fisheries managers and other stakeholders in their combined efforts to effectively and fairly set the rules that will ensure the long-term sustainability of recreational fishing.   For more information, visit www.CountMyFish.noaa.gov.

This Registry is NOT a License.  All Marine Fisheries Rules and Regulations must be followed at all times.

For more information on the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program, please refer to thier Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page.


Individual saltwater anglers ages 16 and older MUST register if ANY of the following criteria are met:

Recreationally fish with a hand line or rod and line, spearfish or fish by hand
Recreationally fish in the marine and fresh tidal waters of the State of New Jersey
Recreationally fish in marine waters outside the State of New Jersey but land the catch in New Jersey


Individual saltwater anglers are EXEMPT from registering if either of the following apply:

  • Under the age of 16
  • Solely fish on for-hire (party and charter) vessels that are registered with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program

For-hire vessel owners/operators MUST register if:

  • Carry individuals who engage in recreational fishing in the marine and fresh tidal waters of the State of New Jersey


  • Carry individuals who engage in recreational fishing in the marine waters outside the State of New Jersey but land their catch in New Jersey

Fluke Season Opening In Jeopardy If DEP Fails To Act
Written by Jim Hutchinson, Jr   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:18

 UPDATE : 5/01  Fluke Season Will Start As Planned


Fluke Season Opening In Jeopardy If DEP Fails To Act

flounder-large.jpgThe New Jersey chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA-NJ) today sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie, copying the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bob Martin, urging immediate action to ensure that the 2011 summer flounder (fluke) season gets underway as scheduled on May 7th.

Following action by the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (Council) on April 7 to enact the 2011 summer flounder regulations as having a season of May 7-September 25 with a bag limit of eight fish per person and minimum size of 18 inches, the Bureau of Marine Fisheries subsequently submitted the regulation for approval by the DEP the following day.  In past years, regulations approved by the Council were enacted almost immediately, however, according to the RFA-NJ nearly three weeks have now passed without approval of the regulation by the DEP.

Canyon Reels, Inshore Tuna and Mahi Seminar
Written by Rod Houck   
Monday, 25 April 2011 02:51

Canyon Reels, Inshore Tuna and Mahi Seminar
MAY 21st, 10:00AM
West Marine, 51 Chambersbridge Road, Brick, NJ
We'll be presenting a guide on Inshore Tuna and Mahi Fishing, Jigging, Popping and Trolling and one lucky attendee will walk away with Canyon Reels New HS-18

Canyon Jigging and Trolling Reels


Members, RFA Win Big at 4th Annual Banquet
Written by Bob Maehrlein   
Friday, 15 April 2011 13:39

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Say the one word phrase "Winning!" nowadays and Two and a Half Men star, Charlie Sheen invariably comes to mind.  Well, with all due respect, ol' Chuck's got nothing on the 4th annual New Jersey Saltwater Fisherman's banquet that was held this past Saturday at the Captain's Inn in Lacey Township.  The winners were, of course, everyone who attended the party.  The banquet is held every year to honor the members of New Jersey Saltwater Fisherman (NJSWF) and to raise money to help fund organizations who fight for our right to fish in the Garden State.  This year the support was overwhelming and the attendees raised $1350 for the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA)!


Chairman of the RFA-NJ chapter Capt. Adam Nowalsky (left) congratulates the Grand Prize and 2nd place winners, Harry Bentley (center) and Captain Joe Gogan (right) at the 4th Annual NJSWF Banquet

A record number of donations were given by some extremely generous sponsors.  As the guests arrived they were greeted by a seemingly never ending amount of prizes.  These ran the gamut from rods, reels, lures and accessories to open boat and full charter trips to Coach bags and pedicure kits for the ladies.  Said NJSWF founder Rod Houck, "I am honored and astounded at the incredible amount of support that our members and sponsors have provided to us.  Although it's a lot of hard work, the biggest problem was finding enough room on the tables to hold all the donations!"


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