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How NJ Fishing Regulations are Determined

 Fishing regulations have many purposes. The most critical purpose is conservation. As fisherman, we want to continue maintaining the population of marine species for future generations. We also do not want to disturb the equilibrium of the ecosystem. Too high or too low of a population of marine species can wreak havoc on other species as well.

Who Issues Marine Fishing Regulations?

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission manages the majority or marine species on a coast-wide basis with seasons and limits that they determine.

Those regulations must then be approved by the state of New Jersey’s Marine Fisheries Council. The Council usually addresses these issues at their March meeting with the management measures becoming effective in mid- to late April or early May. The Marine Digest is published in May. Regulations remain in effect until changed.

The Atlantic has thousands of Marine Species and each species is unique and has its place in the ecosystem. When regulations are made, it is vital that the unique considerations of each species be heard with an objective point of view, ensuring that no species was treated more important than others.

Because of this, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission created the Interstate Fisheries Management Program (ISFMP).

To give you a better visual of this flow, check out the picture below, which shows the different levels that make up the commission:

 Regulatory Process for New Jersey Fishing Regulations 

Let’s go over each board:

ISFMP Policy Board: The ISFMP Policy Board is comprised of the Commissioners from the fifteen member states and representatives of the District of Columbia (DC), the Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC), NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They meets at least bi-annually to establish and monitor the program.

Species Management Boards: These species-specific management boards are composed of Commissioners from the states that have declared an interest in the species’ management program. The management boards consider and approve the development and implementation of fishery management plans (FMPs), including the integration of scientific information, proposed management measures, and considerations for habitat conservation and the management of protected species/fishery interactions. All Commission boards/sections and committee meetings are held in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. The species management boards establish and oversee the activities of their respective Plan Review Teams, Plan Development Teams, Technical Committees and Advisory Panels. 

Technical Committees: Species technical committees are comprised of representatives from each state, jurisdiction, and federal agency with a declared interest in the fishery. Technical committees are responsible for providing the species management boards the best scientific information available for guidance in the management process.

Advisory Panels: Advisory panel members are citizens who represent a cross-section of commercial and recreational fishing interests and other stakeholders who are concerned about fisheries conservation and management. The Advisory Panel provides the Management Board with advice concerning species’ management activities.

Plan Development and Review Teams: Species Plan Development Team is responsible for preparing all documentation necessary in the development of a FMP, Amendment, or Addendum. Once a management program is adopted by a Species Management Board, the Plan Review Team is responsible for providing annual advice concerning implementation of the management program. 

 

Development of the Management Plan

For a fishery management plan to begin development, a problem must be identified with one of the Commission managed species.

This problem can be identified by a species management board, as a direct result of new scientific research, or through stakeholder input.

Once the problem is identified, the species management board tasks the species plan development team with the creation of a plan proposal. The species plan development team will seek advisement and assistance or input from the technical committee, advisory panel, and Law Enforcement Committee.

The plan is then distributed for public comment and may be held in states with an interest in the fishery. After hearing public comment and concern, the board takes considerations and recommendations of the species technical committee.

Public comment is where we, as fisherman and conservationists, come into play. Let’s learn a bit more about it.

 

Public Input and the Advisory Panel Process

Since the species plan development team relies on public comment, it must be recognized how important our voices as fisherman play as a role in marine regulations.

We provide input to the commission members, we can attend public information meetings and hearings serving the Advisory Panel.

 

What is the Advisory Panel?

The Advisory Panel process was born as part of a result of the Commission’s increasing responsibility under the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act.

The Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Act mandates, among other things, that the Commission provide adequate public participation in its fisheries management planning process, including at least four public hearings (for amendments and new plans) and procedures for submission of written comments to the Commission. Today, we have 21 active advisory panels that provide advice to management boards and sections for all of the species managed through the Commission process.

Here is a picture of how the ASMFC works:

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to become involved in the Commission’s fisheries management process. Here are some suggestions:

Attend Commission Meetings

All Commission meetings are open to the public. Interested parties are encouraged to attend to learn more about Commission activities and share their views (click here to learn more about guidelines for public participation at species board meetings). Find out about the Commission’s meetings by subscribing to Fisheries Focus -- the Commission’s monthly newsletter that is available free of charge. You can also learn about upcoming meetings via our Meetings page.

Become an Advisory Panel Member

The Commission has 21 active species advisory panels for diadromous, shellfish and marine fisheries. Contact your state Commissioners if you are interested in becoming a member.

Attend Public Hearings

The fishery management plan development process calls for public meetings and public hearings to solicit public views on proposed management actions. Attend these meetings to learn more and express your views.

Mail, Fax or Email Your Comments

Submitted comments are forwarded to the appropriate management board and/or Commission staff for review and incorporation in the public record. You can email, mail, fax comments to the Commission using the contact information below.

 

Contacts

Toni Kerns, Director, Interstate Fisheries Management Program
Tina Berger, Director of Communications

Guiding Documents

ASMFC Compact, Rules and Regulations (revised February 2016)

ISFMP Charter (revised February 2016)

ASMFC Appeals Process

Conservation Equivalency: Policy and Technical Guidance Document (October 2016)

Technical Support Group Guidance and Benchmark Stock Assessment Process (February 2016)

Advisory Panel Primer

Advisory Panel Nomination Form

Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act (1993)

 

 

NJ Boat Ramps Map

longitude latitude name description address city zip phone
-74.1341 39.9052 Rinderer's Marine
Concrete ramp
No fee
Sloop Creek Rd.; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-9494
-74.139 40.8112 Nutley Municipal Ramp
Concrete
Fee per launch
Park Avenue Nutley 07110 973-284-4966
-74.1594 40.7626 E.J. Vicent Waterfront Park
Concrete ramp
Permit required
Bergen Ave. Kearny 07032 201-955-7983
-73.9201 40.9548 Hazzard's Ramp
201-993-3253
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Palisades Interstate Park; Englewood Cl Englewood Cl 07632
-74.0604 40.6953 Liberty State Park
201-9150-3401
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Jersey City
-74.2026 40.6346 Elizabeth Municipal Ramp
Concrete Ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Front St. Elizabeth 908-820-4296
-74.2545 40.5454 Woodbridge Township Ramp
 
Cliff Rd. and Ferry St. Woodbridge
732-6340-4500
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-74.4272 40.4907 Highland Park Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Yearly fee
Rest rooms
Foot of Second Ave. Highland Park 732-745-3900
-74.3832 40.4888 Edison Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Meadow Rd. Edison 732-248-7219
-74.3558 40.4745 Sayreville Muncipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fee
Rest rooms
River Road Sayreville 08871 732-257-3700
-74.2752 40.4833 South Amboy boat Club
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fee
Rest rooms
Foot of George St. South Amboy 732-727-0657
-74.2152 40.4357 Wagner's Twin Towers Marina
732-583-6930
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Amboy Rd.; Clifford Clifford
-74.2073 40.4357 Keyport MaineBasin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
West Front St. Keyport 07735 732-264-9421
-74.1997 40.4389 Olsen Boat works
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
East Front St. Keyport 07735 732-264-4198
-74.2026 40.4394 Keyport Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
American Legion Dr. and Lower Broad St. Keyport 07735 732-739-3900
-74.0607 40.4224 Leonardo State Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
24 hrs. Rest rooms
Concord Ave. Leonardo 732-291-1333
-74.037 40.4171 Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Foot of First Ave Atlantic Highlands 732-291-1670
-74.043 40.3661 Fair Haven Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal fee
Batten Rd Fair Haven 732-747-0241
-74.0776 40.3509 Sea Land Marina
732-741-5753
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
West Front Street Red Bank
-74.0848 40.3489 Chris River Marina "
732-741-9676
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
"
West Front St. Red Bank
-73.9739 40.3351 Monmouth Beach Ocean Boat Launch
732-229-2204
Small boats only
No fee
Route 36 (Ocean Ave) Monmouth Beach
-74.0026 40.3121 Pleasure Bay
Asphalt ramp
No fee
River Lane Long Branch 732-222-7000
-73.977 40.3173 Long Beach Ocean Boat Launch
732-222-7000
Sand beach ocean launch site
Small boats only
No fee
Seven Presidents Park Ocean Ave Long Branch
-74.0287 40.189 Bry's Marine
732-775-7364
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Highway 35; Neptune Neptune 07753
-74.039 40.192 Shark River Hills Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Riverside Dr. Neptune 07753 732-775-7400
-74.043 40.1765 Belmar Marine Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Highway 35 Belmar 732-681-2266
-74.042 40.111 Manasquan Marine Center
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Brielle Road Manasquan 732-223-4277
-74.101 40.1245 Cove Haven Marina
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Ridge Rd. Brick 08723 732-458-2016
-74.0514 40.0659 Point Pleasant Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
No fee
Rest rooms
Foot of bay Ave. Pt. Pleasant 732-892-3434
-74.0939 40.026 Baywood Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Pilot Dr. Brick 08723 732-477-3322
-74.0772 40.058 Sherman's Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Princeton Ave.; Brick Brick 08723 732-295-0103
-74.1284 40.0661 Green Cove Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee perlaunch
Rest rooms
Division St. Brick 08723 732-840-9090
-74.1317 40.0673 Johnson Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
route 70 Brick 08723 732-840-9530
-74.0748 39.9692 Lavallette Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permit
Bay Blvd. Lavallette 732-793-2111
-74.0795 39.9484 Bayside Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayside Terrace Seaside Heights 732-793-8554
-74.1905 39.9464 East Dover Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Fisher Blvd. Toms river 732-270-1104
-74.1448 39.9395 Island Heights Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal fee
Residents only
Lake Dr. Island Heights 732-270-6415
-74.1318 39.9435 Gilford Park Yacht Club
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Riverside Dr. Toms River 732-269-9838
-74.1198 39.9273 Ocean Gate Yacht Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave. Ocean Gate 08740 732-269-2565
-74.085 39.9144 Seaside Park Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permits
Bayview Ave. and 13th St. S. Seaside Park 732-793-0234
-74.1129 39.923 Becker's Boat Basin
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave.; Ocean Gate Ocean Gate 08740 732-269-3723
-74.1364 39.8863 Whitney's landing
Asphalt ramp
Fee per launch
Butler Blvd.; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-1186
-74.1415 39.8736 Downe's Fishing Camp
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Brennan concourse; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-0137
-74.1409 39.8736 Trixie's Landing
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Brennan Concourse; Bayville Bayville 08721 732-269-5838
-74.1602 39.873 Up The Creek Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Harbor Inn Rd. Bayville 08721 732-269-6469
-74.1586 39.8608 Laurel Harbor Marina
Concrete ramp,
Fee per launch
Laurel Blvd. Lanoka Harbor 609-693-6111
-74.1886 39.8309 Rick's Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Marine Plaza; Forkd River Forkd River 08731 609-693-2134
-74.1852 39.8306 Townsend's Marina
Concret ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
East Lacey Rd. Forked River 609-693-6100
-74.1828 39.7919 Waretown Fishing Station
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bryant Rd. Waretown 08758 609-693-2813
-74.1867 39.7882 Mac's Dock
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Oregon Ave.; Waretown Waretown 08758 609-693-3658
-74.1114 39.7575 Barnegat Light Municipal Ramp
Asphalt ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
Bayview Ave. and 10th St. Barneget Light 08006 609-494-2343
-74.1799 39.6619 Surf City Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal permits
Rest rooms
Division St. and Bay Ave. Surf City 609-494-3064
-74.216 39.6682 Margo's Inn Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Route 72; Manahawkin Manahawkin 609- 597-4970
-74.2813 39.6232 West Creek Municipal Ramp
Concrete Ramp
No fee
Cedar Run and Dock Rd. West Creek 609-296-3040
-74.2702 39.6161 Mariners Landing
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Dock Rd. West Creek 609-296-3040
-74.2961 39.609 Little Egg Harbor
Asphalt ramp
No fee
Brook St. Parkertown 609-296-7241
-74.238 39.5706 Beach Haven Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Seasonal permit
Rest rooms
Foot of 9th St. Beach Haven 609-492-0111
-74.344 39.6018 Skinner's Marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Bartlett Ave.;Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-296-3051
-74.332 39.5477 Captain Mike's
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Great Bay Blvd.; Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-296-4406
-74.3349 39.5516 Rand's Boat
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Great Bay Blvd.; Tuckerton Tuckerton 08087 609-2964457
-74.3882 39.5395 Great Bay marina
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Radio Rd. tuckerton 08087 609-296-2392
-74.4698 39.5483 Chestnut Neck Boat Yard
Concrete ramp
Fee per launch
Rest rooms
Route 9 Port Republic 609-652-1119
-74.37 39.4086 Brigantine Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
Daily or seasonal fees
Rest rooms
6th St. and Bay shore Ave. Brigantine 609-266-7600
-74.4879 39.4265 Absecon Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
no fee
East Faunce Landing Rd. Absecon 609-641-0663
-74.463 39.3514 Atlantic City Municipal Ramp
Concrete ramp
No fee
Blvd. Ave. Atlantic city 609-347-5421
-74.4782 39.3412 Ventnor Municipal Ramp
Sand beach launch
Small boats only
No fee
ski Beach Dorsett Ave. Ventnor 609-823-7904

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