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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 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 welcome.  Go to our meeting dates page for meeting dates and maps. 

Our next Council meeting is :  Meeting  September 30, 2015 at Info Age 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:

New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
Jackson Township, Ocean County
September 12-13, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (rain or shine)
http://www.wildoutdoorexpo.com

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 information is 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 (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!
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The NJCDC officers (2014- 2015):  

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)


LEGISLATIVE ALERT
 
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 state.  
            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. 
 
             Respectfully,
             Jack Fullmer
             Legislative Committee

The 2015 NJ Marine Digest is out. Check out the information at:
http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar15.htm    
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/    

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