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Public NOAA "Port Meeting" On Releasing Fish July 23

July 2, 2013

The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), along with the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, is inviting the public to attend a Port Meeting on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. in Ocean County. The Port Meeting will help saltwater anglers improve our marine fisheries by discussing best handling practices when releasing fish and learning about how anglers on other coasts are improving survival of angler released fish.

At the meeting the public will learn about:

  • The latest techniques, such as recompression devices, that may improve the survival of the deep water fish you release;
  • Ways to reduce barotrauma effects (an increase in internal gas pressure that prevents fish from descending after being raised to the surface);
  • Release methods and devices being used on the west, south Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico coasts; and
  • The FishSmart and Best Practices programs that promote careful release and fish survival practices.
NOAA Fisheries is the lead federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the nation's offshore living marine resources, and the public will be able to provide fisheries managers and scientists their ideas on how to best handle the fish they release.

The meeting will be at the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Club, 385 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ 08724, 732-840-1999.

For further information contact:
Paul Perra, NOAA Fisheries

From Route I-195 or the Garden State Parkway: Exit at Route 34, continue on Route 34/70 (Route 34 becomes Route 70). Stay on route 70 south across the Manasquan River. After about 1.5 miles, look for Herbertsville Road. Turn right (west) on Herbertsville Road. After about a mile, park at the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Club, 385 Herbertsville Road.

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