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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 :   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:

 Beneath the Sea 
Meadowlands Exposition Center 
355 Plaza Drive,  Secaucus, NJ  
March 27 - 29, 2015 

Barnegat Bay Festival
Wanamaker Complex 
Island Heights, NJ
Sunday June 7, 2015
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain or shine

New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
Jackson Township, Ocean County
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

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!
Now on Facebook!   NJ Council of Diving Clubs Facebook

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)

 January 8, 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 Register.

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 specimens.

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 diving.

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.

Divers are 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/    

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