The Recreational Fishing Alliance
(RFA) is urging its New Jersey and Pennsylvania members to act now in support of
saltwater registry legislation¬†now resting on Governor Chris Christie's
desk.¬† Passed unanimously in the New Jersey Senate in December as
Senate Bill 2211 (S1122), the legislation was amended slightly by the Assembly
on January 6, 2011 as Assembly Bill 823 (A823), and now requires the Governor's
signature in order for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to act.
"We were able to clear this
legislation through various committees and get it passed by both the Senate and
Assembly because of phone calls and faxes, and now it looks as though our
coastal community is going to have to speak out in force in order for the
Governor to sign it," said RFA Executive Director Jim Donofrio.
"The registry opponents have tried desperately to sabotage this
legislation, but our¬†RFA members¬†and coastal business owners were not about to
sit back and let that happen without a fight, not then and definitely not now,"
Donofrio said the RFA's New
Jersey chapter (RFA-NJ) has been active in supporting saltwater angler registry
legislation ever since federal law was changed in 2007 to call for a virtual
phonebook of saltwater anglers nationwide. ¬†"It's a simple
requirement that's had overwhelming support in our community and throughout the
state legislature," Donofrio said. ¬†
RFA is urging coastal
anglers and business owners to visit the RFA homepage at www.joinrfa.org to download and print out a copy¬†of
the letter to Governor Christie which can be faxed to his attention at
To download the fax
directly, visit www.joinrfa.org/Press/RFARegistryfax2011.pdf.