SENATE RESOLUTION No. 46

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 22, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  BOB SMITH

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

Senator  CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN

District 16 (Morris and Somerset)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Urges Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to establish new artificial reefs for commercial fishing.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


A Senate Resolution urging the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to establish new artificial reefs for commercial fishing.

 

Whereas, Properly designed, constructed, and located artificial reefs enhance the habitat and diversity of fishery resources, enhance both recreational and commercial fishing opportunities, increase the production of fishery products, increase the energy efficiency of commercial and recreational fisheries, and contribute to tourism in New Jersey’s  coastal economies and throughout the State; and

Whereas, New Jersey promotes and facilitates responsible and effective efforts to establish and maintain artificial reefs in State and federal waters to sustain both commercial and recreational fishing; and

Whereas, The Division of Fish and Wildlife, in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, holds permits for 15 artificial reef sites, encompassing a total of 25 square miles of sea floor; and

Whereas, Artificial reef sites are home to dozens of marine species, with reefs strategically located along the New Jersey coast so that one site is within easy boat range of 12 State ocean inlets; and

Whereas, Artificial reefs are constructed by intentionally placing dense materials, such as old ships and barges, concrete and steel demolition debris and dredge rock on the sea floor within designated reef sites; and

Whereas, The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, as amended, provides the United States with exclusive management authority over fisheries, except for highly migratory species of tuna, within a fishery conservation zone of three to 200 miles offshore; and

Whereas, The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established to serve as planning units to carry out provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, as amended, and consists of representatives from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia; and

Whereas, All residents of the State, whether commercial or recreational anglers, seafood consumers, or aqua tourists, should be able to enjoy New Jersey’s rich coastal and offshore waters, and amicably coexist and benefit from the numerous artificial reef sites; and

Whereas, New artificial reefs, exclusively constructed for commercial fishing, would better provide both commercial and recreational anglers, as well as divers and aqua tourists, more opportunities to benefit from the State’s several different artificial reef sites; and

Whereas, It is altogether fitting and proper and in the public interest for this House to urge the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to establish new artificial reefs for commercial fishing, and to consider using materials from dredging the Delaware River and New York-New Jersey Harbor for the construction of the new reefs; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    This House urges the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to establish new artificial reefs for commercial fishing, and to consider using materials from dredging the Delaware River and New York-New Jersey Harbor for the construction of the new reefs.

 

     2.    Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the President of the Senate and attested by the Secretary of the Senate, shall be transmitted to the President and Vice President of the United States, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States House of Representatives, every member of the United States Congress elected from the State of New Jersey, the Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States Department of Commerce, the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the appointed and designated members of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council from the State of New Jersey, and the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This resolution urges the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to establish new artificial reefs for commercial fishing, and to consider using materials from dredging the Delaware River and New York-New Jersey Harbor for the construction of the new reefs.

     The establishment of new artificial reefs, exclusively for commercial fishing, would provide commercial anglers more opportunities to benefit from the artificial reef sites, and would provide recreational anglers with more opportunities at the State’s existing artificial reef sites.

     Currently, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, in the Department of Environmental Protection, holds permits for 15 artificial reef sites.  These reef sites are home to dozens of marine species, with reefs strategically located along the New Jersey coast so that one site is within easy boat range of 12 State ocean inlets.  Artificial reefs are constructed by intentionally placing dense materials, such as old ships and barges, concrete and steel demolition debris and dredge rock on the sea floor within designated reef sites.