New Jersey’s Fish and Game Council, and the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is proposing amendments to the 2014 – 2015 Fish Code.  The proposed amendments will be published in the September 16, 2013 New Jersey Register, initiating the sixty-day public comment period which will end on November 15, 2013.  The Fish Code governs when, by what means, at which locations, in what numbers, and at what sizes, fish may be pursued, caught, killed, or possessed.

Since the turn of the century, the Fish Code has provided a system for the protection, propagation, introduction and conservation of freshwater fish in this State and for their use and development for public recreation and food supply. Biennial revisions of season dates, creel limits and other regulations based on scientific investigation and research ensures the greatest likelihood of success in reaching these goals.

Information about the proposals, including a summary of highlights of the proposed regulation changes, can be found on the Division’s website at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2013/fishcode_proposal.htm; that page has a link to the DEP Notice of Rule Proposal page which has a link to the full proposal.

A public hearing concerning the proposed amendments will be held on October 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at:

NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife – Central Regional Office
East Branch – Eldridge Road
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691

Written comments may be submitted electronically by November 15, 2013 at http://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/comments .  The Fish and Game Council (Council) encourages electronic submittal of comments.  In the alternative, comments may be submitted on paper to:

Gary J. Brower, Esq.
ATTN: 05-13-08
NJ Department of Environmental Protection Office of Legal Affairs Mail Code 401-04L; PO Box 402
401 East State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

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