While most of the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines have been amended to allow in-person meetings and get-togethers, the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife has not been able to reserve meeting space at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library where most meetings are held. As such, this Thursday’s NJ Marine Fisheries Council Meeting will once again meet virtually.
Scheduled for 5 p.m. on July 8, webinar details and advance registration information will be posted online this week at www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/mcnclmtg.htm. Those interested in learning more can also call 609-292-7794.
By statute, the NJ Marine Fisheries Council should have 11 members made up of recreational and commercial fishermen, fish processors, the general public and the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay sections of the Shellfisheries Council; currently there are two open seats at the council yet to be filled, one “at large” seat and the other a seat belong to the recreational fishing community.
A volunteer group, the Council is responsible for advising the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on various issues and management programs related to marine fishery resources. For more information go NJFishandWildlife.com.