Bill Text: NJ AJR25 | 2016-2017 | Regular Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Recognizes Delaware Bayshore as region of special significance in NJ.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Passed) 2016-12-05 - Approved P.L.2016, JR-10. [AJR25 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2016-AJR25-Chaptered.html



P.L.2016, Joint Resolution No. 10, approved December 5, 2016

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 25



A Joint Resolution recognizing the Delaware Bayshore as a region of special significance in New Jersey.


Whereas, The Delaware Bayshore, which stretches along the southwestern coast of New Jersey in Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties, contains numerous farms, forests, rivers, streams, and wetlands; and

Whereas, The Delaware Bayshore is home or a critical migratory stopover for over 300 species of birds, including many threatened and endangered species, and each year supports the second-largest shorebird congregation in North America; and

Whereas, The region also contains the world's largest population of horseshoe crabs, which march up bay beaches each spring to lay their eggs, and these eggs, in turn, provide food for thousands of shorebirds traveling from South America to the Arctic; and

Whereas, The wetlands of Delaware Bay are recognized as wetlands of international importance by the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty on wetlands, and as a Hemispheric Reserve by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network; and 

Whereas, Delaware Bayshore residents and wildlife are dependent upon the area's wetlands, which help protect the region from floods, filter the water, and are among the most productive vegetative areas on earth, also hosting oysters, blue claws, stripers, and other seafood species; and

Whereas, The Delaware Bay, its rivers and many tributaries provide fresh water to residents, and help sustain the region's industries, including commercial and recreational fishing, farming, commercial food processing, and nature tourism; and 

Whereas, The Delaware Bay is also responsible for much of the State's shellfish production, including oysters, crabs, and clams, which create millions of dollars in economic activity for the State each year; and

Whereas, In addition to its ecological importance, many towns in the Delaware Bayshore region are snapshots of a different era, providing cultural and historic opportunities and events; and

Whereas, Bridgeton and Greenwich in Cumberland County, in particular, are listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, and New Jersey's official Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, sails out of Port Norris, Cumberland County; and

Whereas, Those who visit the Delaware Bayshore can take advantage of its many recreational opportunities, including world-class fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, and dining in some of the best seafood restaurants in America; and

Whereas, The Delaware Bayshore is also home to some of the oldest lighthouses in New Jersey, such as the Cape May and East Point lighthouses, which have guided ships in the Delaware Bay since the mid-eighteenth century; and

Whereas, Despite the region's importance, loss of farmland and wildlife habitat, lack of historic preservation, contamination of streams and fisheries, depletion of drinking water, and natural disasters have threatened the Delaware Bayshore economy, traditions, and way of life; and

Whereas, In particular, Superstorm Sandy destroyed beaches, homes, and infrastructure along the Delaware Bayshore, and because Delaware Bayshore communities have had few resources to recover from the storm, some are facing extinction; and

Whereas, For these reasons, it is necessary and proper for the State to recognize and help preserve the important cultural, ecological, economic, historical, and recreational resources of the Delaware Bayshore; now, therefore,


     Be It Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    The Delaware Bayshore, including Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties, is designated as an area of special significance in New Jersey due to its important cultural, ecological, economic, historical, and recreational resources. 


     2.    The Delaware Bayshore Council is urged to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature detailing various threats to the Delaware Bayshore's cultural, ecological, economic, historical, and recreational resources, and to make policy recommendations, including any proposed legislation, on how the State could design programs or direct resources to help address these threats. 


     3.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly or the Secretary of the Senate to the Delaware Bayshore Council.


     4.    This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.





     Recognizes Delaware Bayshore as region of special significance in NJ.