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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 sand pumping, and dumping of chemicals at the HARS ....... 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 a map. 

Our next Council meeting is this Wednesday (3/26) at 7:30 in Union. Member clubs Please send a delegate so we may vote on current issues.
Be sure to visit us at Beneath the Sea this coming weekend.
DAN members can show their card to save on BTS admission.

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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* NJ Council of Diving Clubs Events  2014
  • Ocean Wreck Divers Flea Market February 16, 2014  – Toms River
  • Beneath the Sea March, 28 - 30, 2014  - Secaucus    
  • Barnegat Bay Festival Sunday, June 1  – Island Heights   
  • NJ Wild Outdoor Expo September 13-14, 2014  - Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, Jackson    
    The NJCDC officers (2012- 2013):  

    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)

    Fishing Regulations 2013 - Regulations remain in effect until changed. For the most current regulations, go to http://njfishandwildlife.com/njregs.htm#marine or call the marine fish "listen-only" line at (609) 292-2083.
    The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife informs anglers that rules for the recreational harvest of summer flounder (fluke), black sea bass, American shad and lobster have changed.

    • The summer flounder recreational season is now May 18–Sept. 16. The recreational possession limit remains at five fish while the minimum size remains at 17.5 inches. Note: The summer flounder season may change again in 2013.  7/11/13 - the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council voted in favor of extending the recreational summer flounder season by 8 days. The season had been slated to close on 9/16 but will now continue through 9/24.

    • The Southern New England stock of American lobster has been at low levels of abundance and experiencing low recruitment. In an effort to reduce harvest and promote stock rebuilding, no one shall harvest or possess lobster from February 1–March 31. These changes were implemented for New Jersey to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s management plans for summer flounder, black sea bass, American shad and American lobster. The new rules are aimed at providing adequate protection to these fish stocks while allowing New Jersey’s saltwater recreational anglers to participate to the fullest extent possible in these various fisheries. New Jersey recreational marine regulations apply to all fish species when they are possessed in state waters or landed in New Jersey regardless of where they are caught.  
    • Initially, the Board approved ad hoc regional management requiring New Jersey, as part of the Northern Region from New Jersey to Massachusetts, to implement regulations that would reduce the recreational harvest of black sea bass by 32 percent. Based on new biological information, on April 17, 2013, the Board agreed to an adjusted reduction of 24 percent for the Northern Region resulting in a New Jersey recreational harvest limit of 364,834 fish. For the remainder of 2013, the Council approved an open season of May 19 - August 8, September 27 - October 14, and November 1 - December 31. In addition, the Council approved decreasing the possession limit from 25 fish to 20 fish. The minimum size limit will remain at 12.5 inches.
    • Also Effective January 1, 2013, A person fishing in ASMFC Lobster Conservation Management Area (LCMA) 3 will not harvest American lobsters less than 3 17/32 inches carapace length or greater than 6  inches carapace length.  Effective July 1, 2012, ALL commercial and recreational lobster permit holders authorized to fish in LCMA 4 and/or 5 must, prior to discarding, apply a v-shaped notch in the base of all egg-bearing female lobsters tail flipper. The v-shaped notch must be at least a inch deep and placed in the base of the pelvic flipper immediately to the right of the center flipper as viewed from the back of the lobster. See this page for more info - http://www.scubanj.org/LobsterRegulations2013NJ.html
    reef ball2013 Marine Digest Available Online
    The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the 2013 Marine Digest is available online in interactive and PDF formats. The interactive Flash version is available on the publisher's website; an upgraded version will be available after May 7. The PDF version can be downloaded in its entirety and in smaller segments from the Division's website. The print version will begin arriving on or shortly after May 7 in coastal bait and tackle shops, marinas, sporting goods stores, and marine supply stores.  To view (and print) the Digest or to access the Flash version, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar.htm on the division's website.

    Herb Segars' new 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/

            Smoke II / Ed Bogaert Reef 
    To honor our friend and NJ Dive Council director, on August 8, 2008, the NY Fireboat was sunk on New Jersey’s artificial reef. We believe it is a fitting tribute to a man who certainly never sought accolades or acknowledgements, but greatly appreciated the love behind them. See who Ed was and how to contribute to the new artificial reef vessel in honor of Ed Bogaert!  Bogaert's Reef Webpage

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