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New Jersey Council of Divers and Clubs
(We welcome dive clubs, individuals, shops, boats and anyone else affiliated with the diving community)
Founded in 1956 -- reorganized in 1973
The New Jersey Council of Divers and Clubs is now composed of 14 member clubs and some dive shops, and associate and individual members. More than 65 years ago the NJCD&C 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 diving in New Jersey and its adjoining waters. We also monitor and respond to issues involving diver safety, diver access, shipwreck access, beach replenishment, and the artificial reef program ...... to mention just a few topics. Included is the new threat of the industrialization of the ocean off NJ with extensive wind farm development and accompanying issues such as the proliferation of u/w power cables and diving within wind farms areas.
The Council meets on the last Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Our meetings are being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and begin at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.
Our next Council meeting is : Sep. 27, at 7:30 p.m. via web meeting/conference call. Email us if you want login information.
Member clubs please have a delegate attend so we may vote on current issues.
The council elects officers in January of even-numbered years, but the nominating process begins at this week’s meeting. I will be appointing a nominating committee. We’ll also start to accept nominations. In the past, our rules required the candidates meet attendance requirements for the past two years, but we’ve now made it easy to waive these requirements. The most important qualification for new officers is that you have an interest in getting involved and helping the New Jersey dive community. This is a great opportunity to meet divers, shop owners and dive boat captains from all over the state.
We’ll also previewing a new design for our website and getting your feedback.
I’d also like to hear about your experiences with diving this past season. Please share them at our meeting.
Chair, New Jersey Council of Divers & Clubs
Our next Council meeting after that is : Nov. 29, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. via web meeting/conference call. Email us if you want login information.
Member clubs please have a delegate call in so we may vote on current issues.
Upcoming 2023 Meeting Dates and Locations
Welcome to the Council's newest member, the Fun Under the Boat club. Learn about this new club and our other members.
See the Dive Council Booth at the following Dive Events:
- March 25-26, 2024 ( Saturday - Sunday) - Beneath the Sea, Secaucus, NJ BTS information
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 form 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. 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 letters, attending many meetings and even in this tech world - lots of paper!
Now on Facebook! NJ Council of Diving Clubs Facebook
The NJCDC officers (2022-2023):
Chairperson - Mike Lavitt
e-mail: njcdcchair (at) yahoo (dot) com (Metuchen Underwater Divers)
Vice Chair and Secretary - Kim Hansen (NJ Divers Assoc.)
Treasurer - James Boylan (Wreck Raiders)
NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FISH & WILDLIFE MARINE FISHERIES ADMINISTRATION COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS — January 2020 (these apply to recreational lobstering as well)
No person authorized to fish in LMA 4 shall take, attempt to take, land, or sell lobster from LMA 4 during the closed season of April 30 through May 31, inclusive. No dealer shall accept lobsters from LMA 4 during the closed season. During the closed season all lobster traps must be removed from federal waters. License holders fishing in state waters during the closed season may continue to deploy their gear for the harvesting of other species provided that the gear is tended at least every 30 days Unbaited lobster traps may be set one week prior to the season reopening.
A person authorized to fish in LMA 5 must apply a v-shaped notch, at least ¼ inch deep, in the base of the tail flipper of each egg-bearing female lobster prior to discarding. Also, no person authorized to fish in LMA5 shall take, attempt to take, land, or sell lobster from these LMA’s during the closed season of February 1 through March 31, inclusive. No dealer shall accept lobsters from LMA 5 during the closed season. During the closed season all lobster traps must be removed from federal waters. License holders fishing in state waters during the closed season may continue to deploy their gear for the harvesting of other species provided that the gear is tended at least every 30 days. Unbaited lobster traps may be set one week prior to the season reopening.
The taking or possession of any female lobsters with eggs attached or from which eggs have been removed is prohibited. The taking or possession of female lobsters with a v-notched tail is prohibited. A v-shaped notch is defined as a straight-sided triangular cut with or without setal hairs, at least one eighth inch in depth and tapering to a sharp point as viewed from the rear of the female lobster. The use of any spear, gig, gaff, or other penetrating device is prohibited.
Read the full regulation