NJOA Attempts Correction of NJ Health & Human Services Misinformed Statement on Fishing Not Drugs Program

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Attempts Correction of NJ Health & Human Services Misinformed Statement on Fishing Not Drugs Program

Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs Program
Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs Program
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

TRENTON, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- In an effort to correct a seriously flawed recommendation by Department of Health and Human Services, NJOA (EP) President, Ed Markowski, will address the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on June 19, 2011, to clarify all aspects of the Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs Program.

“I was shocked and confused to learn that on June 30, 2011 the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse released a resolution opposing the Hooked on Fishing Not on drugs program.” Markowski continued,

“It appears that they lacked any knowledge of the program. Also, I obtained a two page report from the Department of Health and Human Services that was attached to the resolution and it did not contain any information about the HOF-NOD program. What it did contain was a reference to a one day fishing derby program that is totally separate from the HOFNOD program.”

Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (S106) passed the Senate by a vote of 36-0 and was referred to the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee (A288) where it was released by a 5-0 vote and referred to the Appropriations Committee. Nation-wide the program has hat has had such great success with early drug interdiction that it is currently used in educational institutions in 30 states.

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr, Chair, NJOA (EP) stated, “We look forward to the opportunity to correct the glaring misrepresentation of the HOFNOD program. Ed (Markowski) will present an evaluation of the HOFNOD Program as researched by John R. Jackson, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Arkansas Tech University. He will also detail the program's structure, which is presented to students in grades K-12 and is linked with NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. Plus, HOFNOD is funded through fines and penalties assessed against drug offenders — not one penny is used from tax dollars.”

HOFNOD is a unique, nationally accepted drug prevention program offered through the American Sportfishing Association's Future Fisherman Foundation. It is presented by certified instructors at the local level with lessons that are geared towards students in grades K-12 and is correlated with NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.

HOFNOD uses angling skill development as a gateway to teach youth about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to deal with the challenges facing them in their young lives. The HOFNOD network includes trained aquatic education professionals in over 30 states with literally thousands of programs nationwide.

The “Hooked On Fishing—Not On Drugs” program can be offered in many different ways, such as:

  • an elective class in school
  • an after school program
  • integrated into the school curriculum
  • offered by community groups, like churches and service organizations

This is an excellent program for helping young people cope with the problems of today's society.

The program will:

  • build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • develop higher order critical thinking skills
  • give young people a positive alternative to the destructive use of drugs and alcohol

Lessons provide students with hands on, real life experience and incorporate peer teaching and mentoring. Guest experts can be utilized to teach classes on subjects like fly tying, saltwater fly fishing and boating safety. During the lessons the message that you don't need to use alcohol or drugs to have fun is interwoven into the class.

Senate Sponsors and Co-Sponsors

Connors, Christopher J. as Primary Sponsor
Beck, Jennifer as Primary Sponsor
Ciesla, Andrew R. as Co-Sponsor
Buono, Barbara as Co-Sponsor
Madden, Fred H., Jr. as Co-Sponsor
Oroho, Steven V. as Co-Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R. as Co-Sponsor
Addiego, Dawn Marie as Co-Sponsor
Allen, Diane B. as Co-Sponsor
Norcross, Donald as Co-Sponsor

Assembly Sponsors and Co-Sponsors

Rumpf, Brian E. as Primary Sponsor
Conaway, Herb, Jr. as Primary Sponsor
Gove, DiAnne C. as Primary Sponsor
Albano, Nelson as Sponsor
Milam, Matthew as Sponsor
Holzapfel, James W. as Co-Sponsor
Wolfe, David W. as Co-Sponsor
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. as Co-Sponsor
McHose, Alison Littell as Co-Sponsor
Moriarty, Paul D. as Co-Sponsor
Chiusano, Gary R. as Co-Sponsor
Rumana, Scott T. as Co-Sponsor
Peterson, Erik as Co-Sponsor
Coyle, Denise M. as Co-Sponsor

Members of NJOA Conservation Foundation.

Jersey Coast Angler Association
Trout Unlimited
NJ Beach Buggy Association
Hudson River Fishermen's Association
Reef Rescue
Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association
Jersey Coast Shark Anglers
Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club
Cape May Party and Charter Boat Association
Hi-Mar Striper Club
Fish Hawk's Saltwater Anglers Club
Round Valley Trout Association
New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs
United Bowhunters of NJ
NJ Trappers Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
Quail Unlimited
Ruffed Grouse Society
New Jersey Forestry Association
Society of American Foresters
National Animal Interest Alliance
NJ Council of Diving Clubs
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

Anthony P. Mauro
Sr. Chairman,
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: “Preservation through conservation”

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NJOA – The mission of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance is to serve as a grassroots coalition of outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen dedicated to environmental stewardship. We will champion the intrinsic value of natural resource conservation – including fishing, hunting and trapping, among opinion leaders and policy makers. We will support legislation, and those sponsoring legislation, that provides lasting ecological and social enrichment through sustainable use of the earths resources. Visit: www.njoutdooralliance.org

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