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NEW JERSEY JOINS INTERSTATE WILDLIFE VIOLATOR COMPACT
EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1


(17/P110) TRENTON – The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will have a new tool to use in its ongoing efforts to enforce wildlife laws as the state joins the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

The compact – first developed in western states in the mid-1980s – recognizes the importance of deterrence through the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and privileges in all member states resulting from violations concerning the pursuit, possession or taking of a wide range of wildlife, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, shellfish, and crustaceans.  New Jersey’s membership will begin on December 1.

“This cooperative and proactive interstate strategy will greatly enhance our Division of Fish and Wildlife’s ability to protect and manage our wildlife resources,” said Commissioner Martin. “Any person who has their license privileges suspended in one member state may now also have them suspended in all other member states. In addition, the compact prevents convicted poachers who are under revocation in one state from hunting, fishing, or trapping in other states.”

For the purposes of the compact, the term “license” means any license, permit, or other public document which conveys to the person to whom it was issued the privilege of pursuing, possessing, or taking any wildlife regulated by statute, law, regulation, ordinance, or administrative rule of a participating state.

In New Jersey this definition includes but is not limited to: all-around sportsman, firearm hunting, trapping, bow and arrow, freshwater fishing, recreational crab pot, non-commercial crab dredge and shellfish licenses, various hunting and trapping permits, pheasant & quail and New Jersey waterfowl stamps, striped bass bonus tags, and saltwater registry certificates.

License and privilege suspensions resulting from wildlife violations committed on or after December 1, 2017 in New Jersey may result in the reciprocal suspension of license privileges in member states.  If a person plans to hunt, fish, or trap in another state, and has a license privilege suspension in New Jersey, it is their responsibility to contact the other state to verify if they may legally hunt, fish, or trap there.

New Jersey residents who fail to comply with the terms of a citation or summons issued for a wildlife violation in another member state may face a $50 fine and the suspension of all privileges to take or possess wildlife in New Jersey until the citation has been satisfied. Failing to appear in court or to otherwise answer a ticket or summons issued for such violations will also result in license, permit, and privilege suspension.

“Our agency has been charged with managing New Jersey’s wildlife resources for 125 years and we take this responsibility very seriously,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Larry Herrighty. “Joining the compact protects New Jersey’s wildlife resources and that of member states by deterring violators from continuing their illegal activities and sends a clear message to all that such behavior will not be tolerated.” 

The concept of a wildlife violator compact was first advanced in the early 1980s by member states in the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. In 1985 draft compacts were developed independently in Colorado and Nevada. Subsequently, these drafts were merged and the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact was created.

More information on the Compact, including which states are members and which violations with prescribed suspensions will be recognized in New Jersey and shared with member states is available on the Division of Fish and Wildlife website at: www.njfishandwildlife.com/violators_compact.htm

Cranford Achieves Sustainable Jersey Certification 

 Cranford, NJ (November 1, 2016) – Sustainable Jersey representatives have announced that Cranford has met the rigorous requirements of Sustainable Jersey certification and had been recertified as a Sustainable Community.  Cranford is one of only 198 municipalities in the State that has attained certification.  Cranford will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Atlantic City with Mayor Andis Kalnins, Deputy Mayor Mary O’Connor, and Green Team Chair Nelson Dittmar accepting the award.  Cranford had been previously certified in 2010 and 2013 for three years.

Mayor Kalnins said, “I am honored to accept the award on behalf of the Green Team and thank them for all of their efforts over the last year.  This is a significant achievement and residents of Cranford should be proud that they live in a Sustainable Community.”

 “Sustainable Jersey is incredibly proud of the 74 New Jersey towns that achieved certification this year,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 198 Sustainable Jersey certified towns demonstrate leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.”

 To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Cranford submitted documentation to show it had completed the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points to be certified at the bronze level.  In reaching 185 points, the Green Team had to complete at least 2 out of 11 priority action options. It was recognized for its Green Business Recognition Program and for the Township taking the Sustainable Land Use Pledge.  In addition, it accomplished 16 other actions ranging from establishing a Green Business Recognition Program to its Anti-idling Education Program.

 To get involved with Cranford’s Green Team and sustainable initiatives, please visit mygreencranford.org.