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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 : January meeting was cancelled due to snow. Stay tuned.
Meeting March 25th at InfoAge in Wall.
Member clubs Please send a delegate so we may vote on current issues.
See the Dive Council Booth at the following Dive Events:
Ocean Wreck Divers’ 2015 Flea
River Intermediate School SOUTH
Pinewald Road Beachwood, NJ
2015 9:00 AM to 2:00
Admission is $5.00 for the SCUBA
Drive, Secaucus, NJ
March 27 - 29,
Barnegat Bay Festival
Island Heights, NJ.
Sunday June 7, 2015
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain or shine!
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)
2015 - Early this evening
the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) voted unanimously to move the
Artificial Reef Regulation on to be published as a Proposed Rule in the NJ
Register on February 2nd. This compromise between the Commercial and
Recreational fishermen was brokered by the NJMFC Artificial Reef Advisory
Committee, NJ Marine Fisheries Bureau and the NJDEP Commissioner’s Office. It
allows the use of sections of the two reefs within State waters (Axel Carson and
Sandy Hook) by Commercial and Recreational pot
fishermen with restrictions and penalties. This regulation once published will
have a 60 day public comment period. Thereafter, comments will be considered and
a Final Rule will be published in a subsequent issue of the NJ
July 2014 - A spearfishing Category has been added to the NJ Record Fish Program.
Recognizing that spearfishing is growing in popularity, and that "spear gun
hunters" routinely harvest exceptional fish that equal or exceed current marine
state records for rod and reel, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has
created a new Spearfishing category in the State Record Fish Program. The
spearfishing category was created to recognize spear fishers who have obtained a
level of proficiency that allows them to harvest exceptional
The spearing of a fish, whether record size or not, requires
extensive knowledge of fish behavior to complete a successful stalk; knowledge
of spearfishing equipment, operation and rigging to insure a well-placed and
effective shot; and skill in the water to successfully hunt and capture a large
fish. No diver should engage in spearfishing without proper preparation and
education, and should abort their hunt and seek safety in a time of danger while
Spear fishing may be conducted by means of a spear, harpoon or
other missile while completely submerged in the marine waters of the state for
any species (except lobster) of legal size and during open seasons. Persons who
fish with a spear for species with size limits are reminded that it is their
responsibility to ensure the fish meets the minimum size limits before being
killed or injured.
There are specific rules and minimum weights for the
Spearfishing category of the Record Fish Program. To view the rules and weights,
see the application form at www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/recfishappspear.pdf
(pdf, 67kb). To view the list of eligible fish, including the initial fish
recognized, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/recfish-spear.htm
reminded that the objective of the Record Fish Program is to increase the
awareness of opportunities for species that are regularly sought after and
routinely found off the coast of New Jersey. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/news/2014/recfish-spearfishing.htm
Saltwater anglers are also reminded they must register with the
NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program prior to fishing in 2015.
Registrations expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed
annually. Anglers who registered last year should renew now at http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov/
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/