Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris), who serves on the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno to the Pequest Hatchery in Oxford for the Opening Day of Trout Season.
“We all know recreational fishing is a part of our heritage, but it is also vital to our region’s economy helping to make Northwest New Jersey a tourist destination,” said Space, who is also an avid outdoorsman. “In District 24, we stock trout in 45 water bodies and 29 streams and rivers.”
Nearly one out of nine residents either fish or have fished. About 180,000 fishing licenses are sold annually. The state has more than 8,600 miles of freshwater streams and more than 4,000 freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs. Combined with saltwater angling, fishing is a $2 billion a year industry in the Garden State. Trout fishing alone contributes more than $100 million per year to the state’s economy.
“Fishing is also a great way to relax, meet new people and enjoy our state’s beautiful parks, fisheries and reservoirs,” Space said.