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Assembly Proposes to Alter New Jersey Fish and Game Council

Postby duckhuntingchat.com » Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:23 am

Assembly Proposes to Alter New Jersey Fish and Game Council

Legislation that will revamp the New Jersey Fish and Game Council will be heard in
the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on June 14. The U.S. Sportsmen’s
Alliance and its allies are concerned that such legislation will simplify
anti-hunters’ involvement in wildlife decision-making.

Assembly Bill 3275, introduced by Assemblyman Michael Panter, D- Shrewsbury, will
change the make up of the Fish & Game Council. It will remove the six sportsmen and
three farmers who represent various geographical regions, and replace them with
seven appointees recommended by the governor. The bill also directs the council to
investigate non-lethal wildlife management options prior to setting hunting, fishing
or trapping programs, and removes the council’s authority to consider the use and
development of fish and wildlife resources for public recreation and food supply
when adopting the State Fish and Game Code.

“We are concerned that this bill will result in the end of hunting in the long run,”
said Rick Story, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance senior vice president. “The bill plays
into the anti-hunting movement’s hands.”

Assembly Bill 3275 also proposes the transfer of the Division of Fish and Wildlife
from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development to the Department of
Environmental Protection. If the shift occurs, there is a risk that game management
activities will take a back seat to environmental projects, and thus wildlife
conservation will suffer.

The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee hearing is June 14 in Committee
Room #9, State House Annex in Trenton. New Jersey sportsmen who cannot attend should
contact their Assembly members and voice opposition to AB 3275. It is particularly
important to make calls today if your Assembly member is on the Environment and
Solid Waste Committee (see list below). Use the Legislative Action Center at
www.ussportsmen.org to prepare your message.

Assemblyman John McKeon, Chairman D-South Orange (973) 275-1113
Assemblyman Robert Gordon, Vice-Chair D-Fair Lawn (201) 703-9779
Assemblyman Larry Chatzidakis R-Mt. Laurel (856) 234-8080
Assemblyman Charles Epps, Jr. D-Jersey City (201) 200-1820
Assemblyman Louis Manzo D-Jersey City (201) 309-0770
Assemblyman Michael Panter D-Shrewsbury (732) 544-2116
Assemblyman John Rooney R-Emerson (201) 967-8910
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