Enforcement and Education Replace Access Bans on Barnegat Bay

Bans on boating in some areas of Barnegat Bay NJ that were proposed last year have been temporarily shelved while state officials have turned to educating boaters regarding environmentally sensitive areas, as well as increased law enforcement. Meanwhile, state environmental officials are gathering scientific data on boating impacts on some portions of the bay and collecting anecdotal information on boating habits along shorelines and other sections. With the New Jersey Marine Trades Association taking the lead, NMMA, the Personal Watercraft Industries Association and American Watercraft Association are opposing any undue restrictions on boating in the bay.