February 2, 1998

For more information contact:
Paul Castelli at 609-748-2047

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's, Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife will host a waterfowl seminar on Sunday, February 22 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Stockton State College, Lecture Hall A in Atlantic County. The seminar is open to the public and will focus on the current status and management of duck and goose populations in New Jersey.

"This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about New Jersey's waterfowl and their management," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "I encourage anyone interested to attend for an enjoyable and informative afternoon."

Topics will focus on the management of the eastern mallard duck population, which consists of 60 hunting days, the most liberal waterfowl season in 40 years. Discussions will also highlight Canada goose, snow goose, black duck, scaup and sea duck populations, as well as the new federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) which will be instituted in New Jersey this autumn. A question and answer period will follow each topic.

"Presentations will be offered by some of the top waterfowl experts in eastern North America," said Paul Castelli, Leader of the Division's Waterfowl Ecology and Management Program. "These professionals are attending from as far away as Florida and Canada, and will be among the 100 waterfowl experts present at the Atlantic Flyway Council Technical Section Meeting scheduled for February 23 in Atlantic County."

The Atlantic Flyway Council consists of member states and provinces along the Atlantic seaboard. The Technical Section is comprised of biologists and researchers. Each year, these individuals review surveys and studies regarding various waterfowl species and formulate recommendations for their management. These management recommendations are then forwarded to the Atlantic Flyway Council. If endorsed by Council, they are submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval, the federal agency with the ultimate authority for waterfowl management under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918.

Stockton State College is located in Galloway Township, Atlantic County between Jimmie Leeds Road and Route 575. Traveling south on the Garden State Parkway, the college can be reached via Exit 44 onto Route 575 or through the Atlantic City Rest Area at Milepost 42. Traveling north on the Garden State Parkway, exit for the college at the Atlantic City Rest Area, turn left onto Jimmie Leeds Road and follow signs to the college.

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