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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
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
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 alternately meets between the St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Street,
Union and Info Age, 2201 Marconi Road, Wall on the last Wednesday of every other month starting with
January (the odd months). The meetings begin at 7:30 PM. Everyone is
Go to our meeting dates
page for meeting dates and maps.
Our next Council meeting is : Meeting May 27th at St. Lukes, Union.
Member clubs Please send a delegate so we may vote on current issues.
See the Dive Council Booth at the following Dive Events:
Barnegat Bay Festival
Island Heights, NJ.
Sunday June 7, 2015
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain or shine!
New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo
Mills Wildlife Management Area
Jackson Township, Ocean County
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
How about making
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
Become an Associate Member (Dive clubs can do this too if they don't want to
The information is
on the Council Membership application page.
Full Club (voting) membership is $35 a year; associate (non-voting for
not in the area and individuals) membership
is only $20 (reduced due to the economy). 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 phone
calls, faxes, letters and many meetings and even in this tech world -
lots of paper!
Now on Facebook! NJ Council of Diving Clubs Facebook
The NJCDC officers (2014- 2015):
Chairperson - Glenn Arthur
e-mail: njcdcchair (at) yahoo (dot)
Secretary - Kim Hansen (NJ Divers Assoc.)
Vice Chairperson - Mike Lavitt (Metuchen
Treasurer - James Boylan (Wreck Raiders)
NEW CLOSURE DATES FOR LOBSTER
PROGRESS ON ARTIFICIAL REEF ISSUE
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has approved
new closure dates for Lobster for Area 4 (Atlantic Ocean for New York
and part of New Jersey) after Area 4 failed to make a 10% reduction.
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife has extended that closure for all
of New Jersey to avoid two different closure areas and dates for the
The new closure dates for 2015 are April 30th to May 31st for New Jersey. The New closure dates will be enforced!
Regarding the artificial reef issue, the NJ Register published a
proposed rule on February 2nd from Fish and Wildlife amending the
Artificial Reef regulations for New Jersey waters. The proposal
would limit commercial and recreational fixed gear (pots) to three
small sections of the Sandy Hook and Axel Carlson Reefs. The
Sandy Hook (1 zone) and the Axel Carlson (2 zones) reefs will have
small sections known as full access zones where potting will be
permitted. Limitations on size of strings, times for attending
the pots, and penalties are included in the proposal. The rest of these
two reefs will be hook and line and spear only.
In addition, the Division of Fish and Wildlife is considering a new
recreational reef only about 2.2 miles out of Manasquan Inlet, but this
is not part of the February 2nd NJ Register proposal. This is all
part of a compromise plan to be able to use Sport Fish Restoration
funds again to build artificial reefs. The NJ Council of Diving
Clubs is supporting the artificial reefs proposals in order to end the
deadlock in New Jersey’s Artificial Reef Program.
The 2015 NJ Marine Digest is out. Check out the information at:
This has information on season and size limits of fish and shellfish landed in NJ for the recreational fisherman and divers.
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! http://www.gotosnapshot.com/