Update: NJ Assembly passes shark fin ban
Thanks to all who helped by contacting NJ state legislators. The General Assembly passed the shark fin ban on Monday, Nov. 25 by a vote of 53-18!
A bill to ban shark fin possession and trade in New Jersey will be voted on by the full General Assembly on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. The bill is supported by the American Littoral Society and other shark conservationists.
We believe enacting A4845 will prevent anyone in New Jersey from contributing to a fishing practice that is decimating shark populations. Please contact your member of the General Assembly and urge them to support this legislation. Click here to find your state legislator and their contact information.
"The Littoral Society and numerous other organizations are deeply concerned with the decline of shark populations, which are crucial to the health of the ocean," said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society. "We have been working for years to ban the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in order to help shark populations recover.
NJ Congressman Jeff Van Drew (center), joined American Littoral Society staff and military veterans at the Littoral Society's 5th Annual Veterans Day on the Bay.
At the American Littoral Society's 5th Annual Veterans Day on the Bay celebration the Society dedicated the reefs built at Cooks Beach to the US Navy.
The intertidal reefs at Cooks Beach were built by volunteers and Littoral Society staff in August 2019 during the Littoral Society's annual Shell-A-Bration. Over the past five years the Society has engineered eight reefs designed to preserve Delaware Bay beaches restored following Superstorm Sandy.
Attendees at the event were once again given the opportunity to honor the veterans they hold dear by inscribing that special person's name on a shell that was placed on the reefs.
The Littoral Society was honored to be joined NJ Congressman Jeff Van Drew.
Littorally Local won't just feature a Navesink cruise, great food from Fresh Bistro and Honey Brook Organic Farm, live music, and an open bar. We also have some great items on sale in a silent auction.
Among those items:
- Wine baskets provided by American Wine Society, New Jersey Chapter
- Four day weekend at Building 21 on Sandy Hook (Sandyhookrentals.com)
- NY Giants vs. Miami Dolphins tickets (2) with parking pass
- Glass blowing at Hot Sand in Asbury Park
- Variety of Sea Bright restaurant gift cards
- 11x17 framed "littoral" photo by award-winning photographer Don Riepe
- Pilates package at The Pilates Project
- Coolsculpting with Dr. Peter Hetzler
- Botox with Dr. Peter Hetzler
Be there to bid!
More info and tickets at https://www.littoralsociety.org/littorallylocal.html
Littorally Local, will be more than a fun evening with great food.
Besides a Navesink River cruise, that will explore the estuary's natural history and wildlife, participants will learn about the American Littoral Society’s work in New Jersey, New York and beyond.
In addition to Operation Oyster, the Society's effort to bring oysters back to New Jersey's waters, we'll be talking to folks about "Shuck It, Don't Chuck It!," our shell recycling program in New Jersey's restaurants; our work restoring marshes and shorelines along Delaware, Barnegat and Jamaica Bay to help prepare our coastlines to weather future storms; our education programs such as Sea Quest, Grasses in Classes, and Close Encounters with the Coast that aim to provide a hands-on environmental experience for children and adults; as well as our ongoing efforts to protect beach access in the state and promote ocean planning around the United States.
But make no mistake, there will be good food and fun, too.
Click here for more info and to buy your ticket.