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August 12, 2005

 

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DEP Announces Improved Fishing Access at Corsonís Inlet State Park

(05/108) TRENTON -- Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced improved fishing access at Corson’s Inlet State Park in Cape May County with the recent installation of a new boat launching dock.

“This addition to the park provides much-needed access for boaters and fishermen in an area where public fishing is already very popular,” said Commissioner Campbell. “Whether it be acquiring additional lands for fishing, installing public boat ramps or increasing wheelchair access to fishing sites, we will continue to improve opportunities for saltwater and freshwater fishermen.”

The new boat launching dock was primarily funded through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Office of Maritime Resources. The new dock will provide added convenience to boaters and fisherman launching their boats from the existing boat ramp.

“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the DEP and Commissioner Campbell to help improve and preserve our marine transportation system,” noted NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere.

“This is a perfect enhancement to the recreational opportunities in Cape May County,” said Assemblyman Van Drew. “We need to ensure that the State of New Jersey invests in South Jersey in order to enhance our recreational fishing industry and our tourism industry. I will continue to fight to bring these dollars to South Jersey and I want to thank Bradley Campbell for his commitment to our region.”

The boat launch is open year round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The dock is accessible for people with disabilities. A minimal fee is charged daily at Corson's Inlet between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day inclusive.

The inlet is also the gateway to the Cape May Marmora Wildlife Management Area that contains ecologically sensitive tidal salt meadows and marshes interspersed with shallow coves and bays. The area is important for its breeding populations of osprey, American oystercatcher, least tern, black skimmer and peregrine falcons. The area is also a popular fishing ground for summer and winter flounder and is home to a productive shellfishery.

Sin ce 2002, DEP has provided anglers with 45 new fishing access areas across the state. Fishing contributes over $1.4 billion annually to the state's economy and provides more than 12,000 jobs.

Corson’s Inlet State Park was established in 1969 to help protect and preserve one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the state’s oceanfront. It provides an excellent opportunity for many types of boating, ranging from canoes to large motor boats, sailboats and jet skis.

Commissioner Campbell was joined today by Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman John Gibson, Ocean City Mayor Henry Knight and Upper Township Mayor Richard Palombo.

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