LOCALLY PRODUCED BILL TO PROTECT FISHING INDUSTRY MOVES FORWARD

milamLegislation Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam sponsored to better protect the commercial fishing docks and fish processing facilities so important to New Jersey’s economy and the Cape May region was released Thursday by an Assembly panel. The bill would establish a conflict resolution procedure – similar to the Right to Farm Act for farmers – for complaints against commercial fishing docks and fish processing facilities. Any person aggrieved by the operation of a commercial fishing dock or fish processing facility would have to file a complaint with the applicable county agriculture development board – or the State Agriculture Development Committee in counties where no county board exists – before filing an action in court. Within 60 days after the receipt of the complaint, the board or committee would issue findings and recommendations. The bill now goes to the Assembly Speaker, who decides if and when to post it for a floor vote.

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