Ocean City Fishing Club, Ocean City, NJ
Fishing Pier photo courtesy of local Photographer John Loreaux
OCFC 2020 Scholarship
OCEAN CITY — To Nicole Cappolina, the Shore means more than sun, sand and surf at the beach. When she leaves for college in September, her sights are set on helping preserve the coastal environment she enjoys so much for future generations.
She leaves her family in Marmora in September for Monmouth University in West Long Branch, where she’ll major in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy. Her course of study fits well with the Ocean City Fishing Club (OCFC) scholarship program which awards $500 annually to a deserving Ocean City High School graduate who intends to study biology, environmental sciences, oceanography, or related fields in college.
“I’m a beach person,” she said on a recent visit to the club’s fishing pier, “and I’ve always wanted to do something related to our coastal environment. Monmouth University has a great program for what I want to do. I’m thrilled to get the fishing club’s scholarship this year.”
Her course of study explores ways to balance the use of marine and environmental resources with sustainability. It also provides an understanding of the issues, laws and policies needed to support and protect marine resources.
“It’s a broad field of study,” she said. “There are many different possibilities to specialize in.”
Those areas of study include internships anywhere, from nearby back bays to Alaska and the Bahamas, she said, through the university’s Urban Coast Institute. With so many options available, Nicole looks forward to attending Monmouth University as the next step in her academic life.
“Going to high school in Ocean City has been great,” she said. “But I’m ready to move on to college. And Monmouth University is far enough and close enough from home for that.”
Her college roommate is a Mainland High School graduate, who’s already become her friend, she said. While the current Covid-19 era will impact her college experience in some ways, Nicole is philosophical about going away to Monmouth University.
“It certainly will be different, but we just have take all the precautions to stay safe,” she said. “I’m glad to have the chance to attend college in person. It’s so important to have the interactions with other students. We just have to be smart about it.”
Nicole was recommended for the scholarship by the faculty and administration at Ocean City High School. OCFC has awarded the scholarship for the past 14 years. Founded in 1913, OCFC is the oldest, continually operating fishing club in the United States.
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CAPTION: Nicole Cappolina, this year’s Ocean City Fishing Club scholarship recipient, tries her hand with a fishing pole at the club’s fishing pier
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OCFC Revised covid fishing policy June 28, 2020
Hopefully everyone is staying healthy during these difficult times.Just a brief summary of what has been happening relative to the OCFC.
Trustees have been meeting via Zoom.This will continue through the month of July.
Pier usage rules have been eased to allow 10 people on the pier at one time. Presently we are allowing members ,spouces, children ,and grandchildren.All must be fishing.
Face coverings must be worn when on the pier
Unfortunately it appears that social events are presently on hold.
Pier extension is moving forward:
Bids are out to 5 companies and must be returned by July 17 Contract will be signed on July 31
Construction to begin on or about Sept 12
Construction to be completed no later than March 5
We all realize that this year has been challenging,but on the bright side ,fishing has been good.Everyone is doing their best to make things work.
Lets get back to normal.
Pier Extension Results
Our pier extension ballots have been counted.Out of 220 mailed ,members returned an astonishing 190.Following are the results of the vote:
Proposal # 1 Yes 184 No 6 96% in favor
Proposal #2 Yes 176 No 8 95.7% in favor
I will keep all informed as this project progresses
Thank you for your interest and support
The Ocean City Fishing Club is the oldest continuously operated fishing club in the country.
Enjoy reading about our club activities, events, and tournaments. We also provide detailed information about the club and the pier. Watch for our annual Open Houses each year.