Sandy Hook, NJ - Recreational and commercial fishermen are often at odds over fisheries related issues, but on keeping the ocean clean and healthy they stand united. The Port Ambrose proposal threatens their way of life and would begin harmful industrialization of the ocean and limit their access. Today, New Jersey and New York fishermen are standing in opposition to ensure big industry does not stomp on their livelihoods, food, and enjoyment.
New York and New Jersey Fishermen’s concerns right now is Port Ambrose, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility that Liberty Natural Gas wants to build off the beaches of Long Island, Staten Island and New Jersey.
Here is what fishermen have to say:
"Port Ambrose will harm fish populations, crowd out recreational fishing vessels in the area, pose a risk to shipping and commercial vessels in the area, and is simply not needed." - John Malazia, VP of the Fisherman’s Conservation Association, Trustee of the Staten Island Tuna Club, Trustee of the Natural Resources Protective Association and Director of the NY Sportfishing Federation.
“Building an LNG terminal will surely increase the demand for natural gas, and in turn, will increase fracking activities in surrounding states. Ruining trout streams inland and then flowing down and poisoning the New York/New Jersey's already fragile ecosystem. Enough already, we all live downstream!” - Captain Paul Eidman, Anglers Conservation Network.
"The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association strongly opposes the Port Ambrose LNG project because it will not only disrupt over 250 acres of productive ocean floor during and after construction, but once completed, will totally restrict recreational and commercial fishing for almost two miles surrounding the facility and all tanker vessel traffic to and from the port. This is unacceptable!" - Pete Grimbilas, Tournament Director, Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association
"The exclusion zones and the required security to enforce it will not make fishing more attractive for saltwater anglers.” - Don Marantz, Jersey Coast Anglers Association
"Along with the impact to eggs, larvae, plankton and copepods, over 250 acres of the seafloor habitat will be scraped and dug up during construction and operation. These activities impact the habitat of many species of fish and shellfish that I and members of the Belford Seafood Co-op fish for. Additionally, there will be an area of roughly 1.9 miles that will surround each buoy which I cannot go in…all so a private cooperation can benefit. I am calling upon MARAD to deny the application for Port Ambrose, and call on Governor Christie to reject this unnecessary and harmful project.” - Roy Diehl, President, Belford Seafood Co-op
" The area that they are proposing to use are important fishing grounds for fluke and squid. Generations of fishermen have been working these areas for 300 years. Putting an LNG terminal on traditional fishing is taking money out fisherman’s wallet and into the pockets of greedy gas company. We will not stand for it.” - Captain James Lovgren, Spokesman for the Fisherman’s Dock Co-op, Pt. Pleaseant
"LNG would be a very attractive target for terrorists because of the tremendous damage it could cause to our country.” - John Toth, Trustee, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
"Surf anglers, including many of our members from the tri-state area, sometimes have to travel great distances to fish along the shorelines of the proposed LNG - Port Ambrose area. Successful fishing trips in this area is strongly dependent upon a good base of smaller bait fish that different predator fish need to survive, grow, and increase in numbers year over year. Fishermen are well aware of our already declining fisheries as we are currently experiencing reduced fishing stocks, changing of minimum sizes, smaller possession limits, and less species- related fishing days being allowed during open seasons. Port Ambrose's destruction and killing of more than 44 million fish eggs and 5 million fish during construction, including every operational year thereafter is detrimental to our fisheries.
"And thinking about catastrophic affects, Port Ambrose is pretty damn frightening. Everyone knows accidents happen and Port Ambrose is an accident waiting to happen! If Governor Christie really cares about Jersey, it's people, their livelihood and the visitors from out of state, the Governor will veto Port Ambrose at the first opportunity he gets!" - Tim Burden, President, New Jersey Beach Buggy Association
Over 150 organizations, elected officials, and thousands of concerned citizens have raised their voices against this dangerous project and will have the opportunity to speak out next week at hearings in New York and New Jersey. The consensus is clear: the public is opposed to this project, it doesn't make sense economically, puts our security at risk, and industrializes the ocean with fossil fuels.
This is the public's last opportunity to voice their concerns about this project, as well as the start of the 45 day window for Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo to veto Port Ambrose.
Final public hearing dates:
· New York - Monday, Nov. 2nd & Tuesday, Nov. 3rd - Long Beach Hotel, 405 E. Broadway, Long Beach, NY; Open house 4:30 - 5:30pm & Hearing 6 -10pm
· New Jersey - Wednesday, Nov. 4th & Thursday Nov. 5th - Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, 6 Industrial Way E, Eatontown, NJ; Open house 4:30 - 5:30pm & Hearing 6 - 10pm