New Jersey cleaning up favorite fishing holes

The New Jersey Chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA-NJ) will be out at popular land-based fishing locations in the next few days helping to keep your favorite fishing locations clean. In celebrating Earth Day, RFA-NJ is recognizing the important role of habitat in supporting the RFA mission statement of supporting sustainable fisheries.

"Fishermen are often held primarily responsible for the decline of a fishery," stated RFA-NJ Chairman, Capt. Adam Nowalsky. "We know that a healthy environment is necessary for healthy and sustainable fisheries, and our Earth Day cleanup activities support our commitment to habitat.

RFA-NJ Treasurer and appointed Habitat Delegate, Maria Dowd, helped arrange the clean ups at sites up and down the coast. "Keeping the sites clean will help to ensure continued access for anglers," said Ms. Dowd. The locations selected by the Board of Directors are all popular spring fishing locations for land-based anglers. They include the Avon-by-the-Sea side of Shark River Inlet (Saturday, 8:30 am), Oyster Creek/Route 9 bridge area in Forked River (today at 5:30 pm) and Graveling Point/Pebble Beach in Little Egg Harbor Township (today at 6 pm).

Those that would like to volunteer can do so simply by showing up. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

To learn more about the RFA-NJ chapter, visit

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