The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (Council) will convene virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 5 p.m. Typically, the Council convenes for public meetings at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic Co. Library at 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway, or the Stafford Township Administrative Office Building at 260 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin.
Members of the public who wish to speak or even ask questions during the GoTo webinar on Thursday must register in advance for the Council meeting; more details and sometimes even an advance agenda can be found by visiting www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/mcnclmtg.htm.
One of several councils and committees involved in managing fish and wildlife resources in New Jersey, the volunteer members of this Council advises the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on various issues and management programs related to marine fishery resources. The Council has 11 members representing recreational and commercial fishermen, fish processors, the general public and the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay sections of the Shellfisheries Council.
According to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Marine Fisheries Council is unique in state government in that it can veto marine fishery regulations proposed by the DEP Commissioner. Along with shared authority, the Council also contributes to the preparation and revision of fishery management plans, holds public hearings on marine fishery issues, convenes species-related citizen panels as appropriate, and advises the commissioner on departmental policies and planning related to marine resources.
To confirm date and time of the meeting call 609-748-2020.