New Jersey charter fishing gets go-ahead as COVID-19 restrictions ease
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The potentially devastating closure of charter boat fishing in New Jersey has been lifted, triggering the restart of an industry worth $2.4 billion annually to the region.
State Governor Phil Murphy has announced that boats can begin operating in a sector that has been idle for half of the striped bass season and the beginning of the sea bass season.
The announcement follows an appeal to the governor from the Recreational Fishing Alliance and the United Boatmen of New Jersey, reported on this website earlier this month, to save the state’s charter boat industry.
Beleaguered charter boat skippers were also concerned they would miss the opening of the summer flounder season on May 22nd, a key date in the summer tourist season.
Charter boats are still required to maintain passenger and customer logs in case they need to trace COVID-19 cases. It is believed that the number of passengers per boat is limited to ten, although clarification is being sought.