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 New Jersey Council of Diving Clubs
  PO Box 841, Eatontown, NJ  07724-0841  
  (membership open to Dive Clubs and Individuals)
  Founded in 1956 -- reorganized in 1973

   The New Jersey Council of Diving Clubs is now composed of 14 member clubs and some associate and individual members. More than 50 years ago the NJCDC was formed to promote a positive and safe image of diving and to represent the diving community through its various committees. Presently, the Council is very involved in legislation and regulations maintaining and expanding access to all fisheries for all divers in New Jersey. We are also looking at Diver Access, Shipwreck Access, Beach Replenishment and the New Jersey Artificial Reef Program ...... to mention just a few topics.

The Council meets on the last Wednesday of January, March, May, September and November. Locations alternate between the St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Street, Union and Info Age, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall. The meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.  Go to our meeting dates page for meeting dates and maps. 

Our next Council meeting is :  January 25 at St. Lukes Episcopal Church.
Member clubs Please send a delegate so we may vote on current issues.

See the Dive Council Booth at the following Dive Events:

  • February 19, 2017 (Sunday) - Ocean Wreck Divers Flea Market, Toms River, NJ
  • March 24-26, 2017 - Beneath the Sea, Secaucus, NJ
  • June 4, 2017 (Sunday) - Barnegat Bay Festival, Island Heights, NJ
  • April 2017 - Rutgers Day, New Brunwick, NJ
  • September 2017 - New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo, Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, Jackson, NJ
How about making your dive club's ideas known?  Come to the meetings! 

Don't belong to a club - join one!
Want to express your ideas on dive related issues - come to the meetings! 
Can't make meetings but want to support the work that the NJ Dive Council is doing?
Become an Associate Member (Dive clubs can do this too if they don't want to attend meetings)!  The forms on the Council Membership application page.  Full Club (voting) membership is $35 a year; associate (non-voting for clubs not in the area and individuals) membership is only $20. You will get a snail mail or e-mail copy (your choice) of the council meeting minutes.  Your dues support all the work we do -- it DOES take letters, attending many meetings and even in this tech world - lots of paper!
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The NJCDC officers (2016-2017):  

Chairperson - Glenn Arthur 
e-mail:  njcdcchair (at) yahoo (dot) com

Secretary - Kim Hansen (NJ Divers Assoc.)

Vice Chairperson -  Mike Lavitt (Metuchen
Underwater Divers)

Treasurer - James Boylan (Wreck Raiders)

Different Closure Dates For Lobster Within New Jersey For 2017             
     New Jersey now has a split closed season for lobster in 2017 based on Area 4 and 5. NJ had previously required the southern parts of NJ in Area 5 to comply with the April 30th thru May 31st closure in 2015 to keep the closure date uniform for the state.  However, the ASMFC overturned that decision. 
     The line between Area 4 and 5 extends east and west several miles above Barnegat Inlet at 39 degrees, 50 North and extends out to 74 degrees, 09 West. 
     Area 4 is north of that line and Area 5 is south.
     This may cause confusion for the recreational sport diver and dive boat captains.   If the dive boat is in Area 4, it may not have lobsters on board starting April 30 thru May 31st.   If the dive boat is in Area 5, it may not have lobsters on board starting February 1st thru March 31st.  Boats out of Barnegat Inlet must avoid Area 4 from the last day of April and all of May if intent on taking lobsters.  For boats out of Manasquan Inlet, avoid area 5 in February and March if intent on taking lobster. NJ Marine Fisheries tried to avoid this situation but was forced into it by the ASMFC.  Marine officers will assume you took the lobsters in the closed area even if you are just transiting the area by boat with lobsters aboard. 
     Review the notice dated Dec 23rd, 2015 from NJ Marine Fisheries.  That notice is here.
Jack Fullmer, Legislative Committee  

The 2016 Recreational Minimum Size, Possession Limits & Seasons summary sheet for marine species is now available in PDF format.  The Marine Digest will be available sometime in May 2016.  To view the document go to http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2016/maregsum16.pdf on the NJ Fish & Wildlife Division's website.

Herb Segars' book is called "Beneath the Garden State: Exploring Aquatic New Jersey"   We are fortunate to have such amazing talent here in New Jersey!  See his photos at:  http://www.gotosnapshot.com/    

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