Coast Guard Busts Recreational Fisherman For No Permits

U.S. Coast Guard officers from Station Barnegat Light and Manasquan Inlet recently caught three recreational fishing crews in the Atlantic fishing without the correct permits.  One fishing party was fishing for bluefin tuna without a Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fishing permit, according to an announcement by U.S, Coast Guard 5th Detachment PA in Atlantic City.

Fishing for bluefin tuna without a HMS fishing permit subjects the offender to a $500 fine for the first offense and $750 for subsequent offenses.

“Enforcing safety and fishing regulations for Highly Migratory Species is one of our priorities,” said Lt. j.g. Henry Dunphy, an Enforcement Officer at Sector Delaware Bay. “We work alongside our partner agencies to make sure that these fisheries are protected and sustainable so they are available to both recreational and commercial fishermen for generations to come.”

The Coast Guard would like to remind fishermen to obtain proper National Marine Fisheries Service permits, which can be obtained through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s website: https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/

The following video by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef show as Coast Guard crew boarding a fishing boat off of Point Pleasant Beach.  The officers checked to make sure the vessel had the proper safety equipment, permits and that the party was not over fishing or in possession of undersized fish.  The boarding crew issued several violations, according to the video caption.


Posted: August 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

12 Comments on “Coast Guard Busts Recreational Fisherman For No Permits”

  1. Tom Stokes said at 6:57 pm on August 3rd, 2017:

    So kids fishing off a pier will not be able to fish either?

    Do rowboats powered by a outboard motor require these “permits”?

    Recreational fishing is not commercial fishing.

    Where does the Constitution give the national government the right to determine who can fish in the ocean? Especially if the location is outside the statutory limits of the United States??????

    Just wondering.

  2. Just another said at 7:43 pm on August 3rd, 2017:

    way to regulate everything we do, and grab more fees while doing it. So much horror to change- God bless our president, for trying to make a dent in it..

  3. MJ Donnelly said at 8:12 pm on August 3rd, 2017:

    There is No way you catching a bluefin tuna off a pier or rowboat with outboard, those fish are off shore and are highly protected that’s why you need a permit for them. Regular saltwater species you just get your free saltwater license that’s it.

  4. Learned to Fish as an 8-yr-old girl said at 3:30 am on August 4th, 2017:

    A $500 fine for fishing??? Really?
    Aww c’mon New Jersey, that’s just ridiculous and insulting.
    This bull really has to end.

    You wanna harass & fine somebody? How ’bout taking down the heroin traffickers in our communities?

    Maybe by going hard after the real crimes being committed here on the Jersey Shore, you might make the world a more “sustainable” place, “…available to both recreational and commercial” human beings, “…for generations to come.”

  5. Good luck with that, said at 10:53 am on August 4th, 2017:

    you can bet your highly- taxed little chunk of NJ real estate that we are very likely going to simply get more talk, more lies, more platitudes, and more taxes, fines,fees, and penalties ,wherever they can wrangle them- and, oh yeah, the influx of legal- pot taxes, that’ll solve everything…Somebody has to fund all the programs: (whether they work or not,) all the double and triple- dippers, and especially, all the over- crowded, heavily- subsidized, urban schools, and, my personal favorite, the never- ending increase of Medicaid recipients, legal or not. Talk about a “swamp”…

  6. Mike Harmon said at 1:36 pm on August 4th, 2017:

    So fake beach access advocate Frank Pallone and his homeowner association shutdown a 20 year access path to the beach (after extensive beach widening) unless the fisherman produces a “saltwater registration” something Pallone cooked up with the DEP that very few fisherman have updated. It was a start to the “saltwater license” I have one in my wallet from the first year which you are supposed to renew every year. More absurd red tape against recreational fishermen. Or it it the illegals the Pallone HOA want to keep out.

    This reminds me of Deal where the democrat M&C deeded street ends to their buddies on the oceanfront shutting down beach access and calling it “safety”.
    This reminds me of the Deal police patrolling the beachfront on Saturday mornings and giving tickets to anyone who had even one leg in the water (including fishermen) and surfers unless they were in the water. I didn’t get a ticket but I was in the water in waders when the cop said get out of the water, stop fishing or get a ticket.
    Monmouth County has 26 miles of coastline and the more of it open for our residents the better not only for quality of life but to continue support for the necessary beach replenishment projects. The more access spreads out the users while narrowing access points can concentrate beach walkers, surfers, fishermen to problem levels.


  7. Mike Harmon said at 1:39 pm on August 4th, 2017:

    For Tom Stokes. More red tape and baloney.


  8. Mike Harmon said at 1:39 pm on August 4th, 2017:

    For Tom Stokes. More red tape and baloney.


  9. Dog Beach said at 3:30 pm on August 4th, 2017:

    Just another way for local government to screw the people.

    Take your DOG the Manasquan *DOG* beach — get a $75 ticket for allowing your dog to go in the water offleash.

    And the cowards we are in the country just sit around doing nothing about any and all of these bs fees, fines, penalties, and regulations; none of which make sense. But unless you corwards are willing to stand up for your neighbors and get involved when the police and courts are harassing someone at the beach, fishing, etc — then pay those fees people and keep being keyboard warriors.

    If you want to do something about it — I urge you to take a day off of work – go to the next court date in Manasquan, and when some little old lady is paying a $150 “disorderly persons” offense for letting her down off leash to swim IN THE WATER – you start screaming and yelling in court about rights and what’s fair, just, and good in the world. Or go to the next court date in Long Branch and stick up for the guy who got a parking ticket for parking in what looked like a spot on the street but really there’s a meter down the street and around the corner. But nope, no one wants to be inconvenienced to see the right things being done and not a single elected politician has the balls to get involved and call it what it is — theft.

  10. Tom Stokes said at 8:32 pm on August 4th, 2017:

    For Mike Harmon:

    Just sent a note to our main man in the White House relative to insane regulations.

    End crazy regulations – #MAGA

    “More crazy regulations which need review!


    MAGA! End crazy government regulations…recreational fishing is NOT commercial fishing!”

    Thank you for contacting the White House.

    If you have questions on Federal Government services, please visit http://www.USA.gov, or continue exploring http://www.WhiteHouse.gov.

    Thank you again for your message,

    The Office of Presidential Correspondence

  11. Mike Harmon said at 1:17 pm on August 5th, 2017:

    To Dog Beach,
    I know something about the FREE Fishermen’s Cove in Manasquan where Monmouth County Park System dedicated about half of the waterfront area of the park to folks with dogs.
    In days past the entire area was open to dogs and when the numbers were reasonable it was not a problem. Then things got out of hand and we were receiving complaints about too many dogs running wild, dogs biting dogs, dogs biting people, dogs running unattended down the beach with the typical owner yelling “he won’t hurt you”. We get dog owners from all over including many vacationers to the shore. There are numerous websites referencing the site and dog areas.
    90% of the dog owners and dogs are great but it is a park for people too including little kids who get scared with dogs running up and down the beach off leash and moms that complain about it. Piles of poop don’t help either. Multiple Commissioners visited the site during the problem periods including myself.
    Today half the beach front is “for dogs and dog owners”. This is a positive compromise and this is the first complaint I have heard in 2 years. In fact, we were highly praised for the compromise by dog owners and those without dogs. Yes we still have the “leash rules” in place but I don’t know about how stringent enforcement is. I will check on this and see how many tickets have been written.
    The other half of the “FREE” riverfront beach (which I highly recommend the readers visit for day of fishing, walking or kayaking) is for PEOPLE only.
    Not sure if you wish to stay anonymous but you can call me to discuss (732) 291-5400.
    By the way we have two excellent “off leash” area. Wolf Hill in Oceanport and Thompson Park in Middletown. The Wolf Hill has a huge area and a smaller one as well.
    Hope these comments were helpful. Mike

    By the way I am in my 27th year as a Monmouth County Park Commissioner and urge readers to continue to support our open space, parks and quality of life in MC.


  12. Mike Harmon said at 5:54 pm on August 5th, 2017:

    Thanks Tom Stokes