navigation bar
  New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife
njdep home f&w home

Conservation Officers Conduct Day-long Inspection of Recreational Fishing Boats

August 23, 2006

In their ongoing efforts to crack down on the illegal harvest of marine species, conservation officers with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife joined forces with lawmen in New York State to inspect recreational fishing vessels on Raritan and Sandy Hook bays and the Atlantic Ocean.

During the day-long operation on Aug. 19, lawmen contacted upward of 350 fishermen while checking vessels returning from fishing at all popular boat ramps in the area and patrolling the bays and ocean waters. Officers from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation manned patrol boats near Staten Island and in offshore waters.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife’s Marine and Central Region conservation officers issued the following summonses and written warnings:

  • 16 summonses for possessing summer flounder less than 16½ inches involving 56 fish
  • 5 summonses for exceeding the limit on bluefish involving 59 bluefish
  • 5 summonses for exceeding the limit on scup involving 48 fish
  • 2 summonses for possessing tautog less than 14 inches involving 2 fish
  • 1 summons issued for possessing striped bass less than 28 inches involving 2 fish
  • 5 summonses issued for possessing hard crabs less than 4½ inches involving 25 crabs
  • 6 written warnings for harvesting hard crabs recreationally from the Newark Bay Complex
New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Clint Dravis and Deputy Conservation Officer John Manfredi netted the largest offender: an angler in possession of 36 summer flounder less than 16½ inches.

Also, New York’s conservation officers issued nearly a dozen summonses including striped bass violations for undersized fish, over-the-limit harvests and recreational harvesting for the purpose of commercial sale as well as for harvesting undersized summer flounder, tautog and black sea bass.

Law-abiding anglers can help New Jersey’s conservation officers protect fish and wildlife resources by reporting marine fish and shellfish violations to 609-748-2050. Or, call the 24-hour DEP hotline at 877-WARNDEP.

  Adobe Acrobat Some files on this site require adobe acrobat pdf reader to view. download the free pdf reader  
bottom footer contact dep privacy notice legal statement accessibility statement nj home nj home citizen business government services a to z departments dep home

division of fish & wildlife: home | links | contact f&w
department: njdep home | about dep | index by topic | programs/units | dep online
statewide: njhome | citizen | business | government | services A to Z | departments | search

Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996-2006
Department of Environmental Protection
P. O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: August, 2006