NOAA 2004-R146
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Buchanan
6/2/04

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PUBLIC INVITED TO DISCUSS PROPOSED RECREATIONAL FISHERIES STRATEGIC PLAN
IN TUCKERTON, NEW JERSEY

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service is hosting the second in a series of constituent meetings on the East Coast, at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center to receive input for the development of a marine recreational fisheries management plan for the next five years. NOAA Fisheries is specifically requesting information from marine anglers to help mold the policies and programs related to offshore recreational fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“The constituent meetings will help ensure our strategic plan reflects the priorities of marine anglers,” said Bill Hogarth, NOAA Fisheries director. “Getting their input through public meetings and written comments is critical to ensure the final plan will include the recreational anglers’ viewpoint.”

The meeting will be 6 to 9 p.m. June 2 at the Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center, 130 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton N.J. Other meetings on the East Coast are planned for Peabody, Mass., June 3, and a date to be determined in New Bern, North Carolina.

The public meetings provide anglers an opportunity to discuss issues such as data collection, marine managed areas, artificial reef programs, management processes, information exchange, cooperative research and more. In addition to the public meetings, written comments will also be accepted. Comments may be sent to Michael Kelly, Chief, Division of Constituent Services Room 9554, NOAA Fisheries (F/CS), 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910, and should be received by July 30 to ensure that they are given full consideration. Copies of the draft plan and the email submission address can be found on the Web: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/recfish.

The Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center is part of a network of 26 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the U.S. that are funded by NOAA and other state and academic partners. NERRs provide long-term research, education and stewardship for more than one million acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov.

The Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center: http://www.jcnerr.org