Save New Jersey's Shellfish Industries by Legalizing Saltwater Bowfishing
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Every year the New Jersey Shellfish Industries are attacked by large schools of migrating Cownose Rays which wreak havoc on the shellfish population. These rays enter the fisheries destroy farming equipment, eat the majority of the seeded shellfish and disturb the soil leading to shellfish suffocation. Over the years these predatory animals have grown in numbers due to the overfishing of their natural predator the shark. A newly created conservation effort called "Save A Clam" founded by Chuck Berwick who is the President and General Manager of Bangers Sport Shop in Winslow, NJ is looking to help control the Cownose Ray population through the legalization of Saltwater Bowfishing for this invasive species. Being a conservation effort we would like reduce the population of the Cownose Rays to help out the shellfish industries but still maintain a healthy population of the species. Our goals also include encouraging the public to utilize the harvested Cownose Rays as an alternative viable food source. By signing this petition you would like the New Jersey lawmakers to pass saltwater bowfishing for Cownose Rays in order to protect the New Jersey shellfish industries. More information regarding this conservation effort can be found on our website at SaveAClam.com Thank you for your support!
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