NJ Seafood Industry Issues

This summer, as part of my work with the NJ Agricultural Departments NJALDP Program, I spent some time meeting with key members of the NJ Department of Fisheries. Fishing is not as simple a process as one might think. It is extremely regulated and burdened with political rules and regulations that seriously hinder any commercial fishing enterprise. It is almost to the point where putting fish on your table will become problematic. NJ Fishing fleets in particular are even more regulated than fleets from PA, MD, CT, RI, NY or MA. Some fish are even banned from NJ fleets while other states capitalize on our over regulation. Many commercial fishing fleets are family owned and operated and it is getting harder to get young family members into the business. These regulations, tariffs and rising cost of entry are choking the NJ fishing fleets almost to the point of extinction!