A view of the Senate Chambers from the 2010-2011 Senate Reorganization.

10 Feb: Smith/Sweeney/Greenstein Legislation To Protect Recreational Fishing On Artificial Reefs Approved By Environment Panel

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Smith, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Linda R. Greenstein which would prohibit commercial fishing on New Jersey’s artificial reefs in order to preserve the sites for recreational fishermen was approved yesterday by the Senate Environment and Energy Panel.

“Artificial reefs have helped create a place for recreational fisherman and scuba divers to enjoy their craft while visiting and enjoying New Jersey’s shore. They serve as a great attraction for tourists and help bring visitors into New Jersey who then patronize our businesses, restaurants and hotels,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex, Chairman of the Environment and Energy Committee. “Unfortunately commercial fishing has taken over in these areas and is causing recreational fishermen’s lines and gear to tangle and tear. By changing the law to reserve these reefs for recreational fishing, we can ensure the vitality of the Shore economy that depends on eco-tourists and recreational fisherman to survive.”