Monthly Meetings


HRFA meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Ridgefield Park Elks #1506  located at Spruce Street and Cedar Avenue in Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660.

Tuesday March 10th at 7:30 pm
Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge
19 Cedar Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ 
Topic: NJ’s Offshore Windmills & Programs of the American Littoral Society
Guest Speakers: Jeff Dement & Helen Henderson
This presentation will focus on how windmills effect recreational fishing. This will be an interesting discussion because windmills have the positive effect of clean energy, but they also have a number of downsides. For example, they generate noise that disrupts fish and whale migrations. There is also concern about several offshore wind farms that are proposed in close proximity of existing Prime Fishing Areas or PFAs. The issue of PFA impacts is something the American Littoral Society is specifically looking at through mapping on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal.
Time permitting there will be a brief discussion regarding the recent efforts of other Society Programs too; including an update on the Fish Tagging Program and Habitat Restoration projects like oyster reef building in Delaware and Barnegat Bays and anadromous fish passage & restoration of Wreck Pond River Herring.
No stranger to the HRFA, Jeff Dement joined the American Littoral Society in 2008 to manage their saltwater fish tagging program, the largest and longest-running volunteer program of its kind in the U.S.  Jeff also runs popular surf-fishing clinics, organizes charter boat fish tagging trips and teaches kids in the Society’s SeaQuest after school program. Throughout the year, Jeff can often be found leading walks and talks on Sandy Hook and eco-tours on Barnegat Bay. Jeff earned his B.S. in Ecology/Natural Resource Management from Cook College, Rutgers University.
Phone: 732-291-0055
In 2007 Helen Henderson joined the American Littoral Society. Helen works on ocean planning, coastal programs and policy. She manages the Barnegat Bay program and has implemented numerous non-point source pollution reduction projects to improve the health of the Bay. In 2016 Helen accepted the role of Ocean Planning Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region to ensure we all work together towards a healthy and sustainable ocean for future generations. Protecting the environment is a passion for her and she finds her greatest peace and inspiration where the map turns blue.
Phone: 732-546-2514
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