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Watch local and national programs from anywhere at anytime. NJ Fish and Wildlife Councils and Committees. The Fish and Wildlife Councils and Committees of the State of New Jersey have a unique role in the management of our fish and wildlife resources. Members of the councils are appointed by the Governor and function as unpaid volunteers who act in the best interest of the state’s fish and wildlife resources on behalf of the public.
The councils help create and finalize each year’s hunting and fishing regulations and enable the professional and scientific management of our resources. There are 6 New Jersey councils and committees. There are also two federal bodies on which the state is represented, and the State Mosquito Control Commission. Below is information on each. Board of Fish and Game Commissioners. The Fish and Game Council was transferred to the Department of Conservation in 1948 and its powers were to be “exercised and performed through the Division of Fish and Game in the department. The Division of Fish and Game was placed under the supervision of a director who was given the power to “administer the work of such Division under the direction and supervision of the commissioner.
The commissioner in turn was charged by the legislature with the responsibility for the administration of the work of the department, to appoint and remove officers and other personnel and to generally perform all of the executive functions necessary to administer the department. Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem. Fish and Game Council with the independent responsibility to adopt a Fish and Game Code for the purpose of providing a system for the protection and conservation of fish and game. Consult with and advise the Commissioner and director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife with respect to the work of such Division. Study the activities of the Division of Fish and Wildlife and hold hearings with respect thereto as it may deem necessary or desirable.
Report to the Governor and the Legislature annually, and at such other times as it may deem in the public interest with respect to its findings and conclusions. The council appoints the director who is required to be a “person with special training and experience in wildlife management”. The council’s appointment is subject to the approval of the Governor and the director can only be removed by action of the Governor. The sole responsibility for the executive administration of the Division of Fish and Wildlife has been placed in the Director of the Division subject to the direction and supervision of the Commissioner. Therefore, Council has no authority under the statutes to issue administrative or executive directives to either the commissioner or the director. This analysis of the governing statutory provisions has been reinforced by a decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court in Humane Society, supra.
The Fish and Game Council is invested with certain regulatory powers aimed at protecting and developing an adequate supply of fish and game for recreational and commercial purposes. These powers are expressed primarily by the Council’s determinations as to when and where in the State hunting and fishing shall take place, and which freshwater fish, game birds, game animals, and fur bearing animals may be taken and in what numbers. The wildlife thus regulated is those animals which are the focus of the sports of hunting and fishing. Therefore, the Council’s essential and primary responsibility as noted by the Supreme Court is aimed at protecting and developing an adequate supply of fish and game for recreational and commercial purposes. This limited responsibility is implemented through adoption of the Fish Code and the Game Code and in the development of comprehensive policies for the consideration of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Governor and the Legislature.
The council consists of eleven members appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate. Contribute to the preparation and revision of fisheries management plans. Be empowered to disapprove, within 60 days of the proposal, any rule or regulation or any amendment thereto proposed by the commissioner. Advise the commissioner on policies of the department and in the planning, development, and implementation of all departmental programs related to marine and shellfish.