The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant and its Marina Industry Enhancement Program began National Fishing and Boating Week in New Jersey with a special event.
The event highlighted the important roles fishing and boating play in New Jersey's economy and culture, and featured comments from New Jersey secretary of state Nina Mitchell Wells, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife director David Chanda, and Marine Trades Association of New Jersey executive director Melissa Danko.
Wells praised New Jersey as a fishing and boating paradise, while Chanda encouraged citizens to get out on the water. Danko shared the results of an impact study that measured the economic contributions of the recreational boating industry in New Jersey. According to the study, New Jersey residents spent $2.1 billion on in-state recreational boating activities in 2006, creating or sustaining 18,000 jobs in the state.
The event was held last week at Key Harbor Marina, one of the state's first certified New Jersey Clean Marinas, which recently completed improvements made possible in part by a $320,000 National Boating Infrastructure Grant.
National Fishing and Boating Week began last Friday and will continue through June 14. NJMSC/NJMSC and the MIE program are sponsoring several special activities and giveaways during the week, including circle hooks for anglers, free oil spill cleanup kits for boaters, and free pumpout for boaters.