Bill S1122 free” fishing not the anwser



I urge everyone to be mindful of the cost of the “free saltwater fishing registry  Bill S1122 to the State of NJ and the below facts: 

The millions of dollars in federal money that bill S1122   will cost the State of New Jersey.*

The millions of dollars lost in NJ saltwater license funds that could be dedicated to enhance NJ saltwater fishing and marine resources.

*The jobs bill S1122 will cost the State of New Jersey.*


The polls taken by fishing clubs, of their membership, on the NJ saltwater license issue.

The fact that the few recreational fishing groups that oppose a NJ saltwater license did not let their membership vote on the issue.

Significant loses to New Jersey saltwater fishermen via reduced fishing opportunities.

Here is the results of the saltwater license poll taken on the Bass Barn after a long debate, that included represenitives of the fishing groups opposed to the license and all users of the saltwater fishing resource, 24,000 members.  2-1 in favor of a New Jersey saltwater license.

The fact , the 100,000 member CCA angler group supports a NJ saltwater license. Does not support bill S1122
The 100,000 member New Jersey federation of sportsmens clubs support a NJ saltwater license.Does not support bill S1122
The Cape May County Party and Charter boat 8000 members support a NJ saltwater license. Does not support bill S1122
******* New Jersey missed out on a 150 million dollar grant just last year, due to lack  of a NJ saltwater license.
*The State of Florida was quick to take advantage of the money:
The money requested would come from Obama’s stimulus package through the state Legislature.
 3,129 immediate construction jobs would benefit local economies near hatchery sites.
Upon completion, 169 permanent green jobs would exist in the form of biologists and other hatchery personnel.


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries


****The law states:
§ 80.10 State certification of licenses.
(a) To ensure proper apportionment of Federal funds, the Service requires that each director of a State fish and wildlife agency:
(1) Specify a license certification period that:
(i) Is 12 consecutive months in length;
(ii) Is either the State’s fiscal year or license year;
(iii) Is consistent from year to year; and
(iv) Ends no less than 1 year and no more than 2 years before the beginning of the Federal fiscal year that the apportioned funds first become available for expenditure;
(2) The State may count only those persons who possess a license that produced net revenue of at least $1 per year returned to the State after deducting costs directly associated with issuance of the license. Examples of such costs are agents’ or sellers’ fees and the cost of printing, distribution, and control

 Who will make up for the millions in federal dollars Bill S112 will cost the people of New Jersey? 

How will we rebuild our fish populations like our weakfish with no money ?
What other States have accomplished via saltwater license funds:

Lets look to the south to the States that have had a saltwater fishing license for a few years:
Texas, in 1977 the speckled sea trout and red fish population resembled New Jersey’s weakfish population of today {decimated}.
In 1982 they opened the John Wilson hatchery,followed by the Seacenter Texas fish hatchery in about 1983. In addition they made other wise investments in their natural marine resources.
Today, Texas has the best redfish and speckled trout fishing on the planet!
You can find success stories all over the south, Florida, Louisiana,Alabama South Carolina and many more. Mater of fact, there is not enough space in this  to list all the success that has been achieved via saltwater license funds. 


  6 comments for “Bill S1122 free” fishing not the anwser

  1. Brian
    December 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    You are right Ken. But, people think it can be done for nothing. It is interesting that the states withe a license are among the most conservative politically but they did it. I would like to see a the same license fee for residents and nonresidents, after all there are probably as many out of state, especially from PA, anglers as there are residents. When I visit friends in Florida I can’t just stop and and take a cast. What do you think about a national license for saltwater? That would make life easier for me.

  2. Ken
    December 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Brian, I am not sure on the national license. I am totally sick after witnessing the politician involved at the senate energy and environment committee meeting on the Bill S1122 free fishing. The senators that voted for S1122 are could care less about the fish or the fishermen. Mayer of fact, they did not even allow anybody from the public to speak at the meeting . Senator Bob Smith was the only one that had the fortitude and the wherewithal to vote no. The facts meant absolutely nothing to the others.

  3. Joe
    December 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    All of this alleged money is being held ransom by the feds for a $1 ‘profit’ fee to the state. Doesn’t make sense to me.

    Yet, the registration wanted is free. We already pay 10% to the feds on the value of the fishing tackle we buy. This money should come back to us. We shouldn’t have to pay another $1 ‘profit’ fee to receive this money.

    Ben, and others who agree with this, you are fighting the wrong battle. You should be fighting the feds to release this money unconditionally. After all, we are the ones who provided it to them to begin with.

    We also pay a ‘boating/fishing’ tax to the feds when we purchase fuel at the dock. I purchased over $5000.00 worth of fuel in the 2010 season. The feds made $500.00 of off me from that! And you want me to pay more??? How silly is that?!?!?!

    The money is there for this registry already, it just is not being used for OUR benefit.

  4. kensdock
    December 31, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Joe, I apologize for not answering sooner. I am not sure why the feds require a saltwater license for a State to receive a full share of the Dingell –Johnson restoration funds, The fact is without a NJ saltwater license we do not reap the benefits of the DJSR excise taxes we pay here on fuel and fishing tackle, most of our money is being sent to States that are in compliance. For a few dollars a piece for a saltwater license we gain:

    Millions of dollars in DJSR funds

    Millions $ in grant money opportunity


    Fully funded NJ Marine fisheries, for the first time in the history.

    • Ken
      February 3, 2011 at 2:44 am

      Instead of fighting to reclaim a % of the tax money collected you would rather tax us more. Convenient.

  5. Brian
    February 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I know that specks and reds are being reared in hatcheries, even, I believe, the southern variety of fluke, but do you know if has that ever been attempted with weakfish? Would that be a benefit of a saltwater license?

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