JCAA Newsletter
November 2012
Sportsperson-of-the-Year Award Dinner
by Paul Turi, Co-chairman
On Sunday, November 11th, Jersey Coast will be holding its annual sportsperson-of-the-year award dinner at the Crystal Pt. Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant. At that time we will be honoring JCAA’s sportsperson of the year. To date, I have received two nominations for this prestigious award and we will be accepting nominations up to October 30th......
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Office Manager/Fluke Tournament Director
by Paul Turi
In September, I was appointed by the JCAA Board of Directors to replace Phil Celmer as the Office Manager for the JCAA office. Phil has decided to step down as our Office Manager. Phil will still be active with Jersey Coast Anglers Association but in a different capacity. I have agreed to also take on the position of Fluke Tournament Director......
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Membership Report
by John Toth
Many clubs have paid their 2012 JCAA membership dues. We have recently received club dues payment from both the Fortesque Anglers Association and the Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association. Thank You! However, I have not yet received club dues from some clubs. The year is rapidly coming to a close. If you have misplaced.....
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Show Time
by Mark Taylor
With another good year coming to an end, fishermen are getting their last shot at some last minute fishing before winterizing their boat. Then a cool winter season starts and we all start to winterize our tackle and start thinking of what we need to get for the start of the new fishing season. A few great places to get those supplies are the local......
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Farewell John Geiser, 1932-2012
by John Oswald, Asbury Park Press
Words, which John Geiser used so well for decades, cannot do justice to all he’s done for New Jersey’s fishing community. John died peacefully on Oct. 5 at the age of 80. As the longtime outdoor editor, columnist and writer for the Asbury Park Press, John’s immeasurable impact on the state’s fishing industry, both recreational and......
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President's Report by Joseph Puntasecca
We are coming into the colder months but that does not mean things don’t get hot. There are certain species that become more abundant at these times but issues that try to take away our resource are hot all the time no matter the time of the year. It’s time for everyone to get more involved with the issues that face us. I am asking.....
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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Rabid Environmentalist
It is amazing how an intended insult can just make your day. Recently someone thought they could insult JCAA and me by labeling me a “rabid environmentalist.” Little did they know how thrilled we all were that someone would recognize all the hard work we have done to protect the environment. When I first got involved in JCAA, I was.....
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Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
JCAA Youth Education Award
HI-MAR Striper Club nominated Jeff Johnson for the JCAA Youth Education Award and supports many of the fishing and boating programs that are organized by the Father Time Association. Jeff Johnson is an educator at Bolger Middle School, Keansburg and a driving force behind the Father Time Association. Jeff Johnson will receive the.....
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Testimony to Increase Funding for Bureau of Marine Fisheries
by John Toth
On September 27, 2012, I attended a meeting of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in the State House Annex in Trenton chaired by Assemblyman Nelson Albano who wanted to receive input from New Jersey’s commercial and recreational anglers to identify regulatory changes beneficial to New Jersey’s.....
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ASMFC Seeks Public Input on Menhaden
by Paul Haertel
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council is seeking input from the public on an amendment they are developing pertaining to menhaden. The goal is to manage menhaden in a manner that is biologically, economically, socially and ecologically sound while protecting the resource and those who benefit from it. In 2010 a Peer Review Panel.....
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Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series Returns to Atlantic City!
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will kick off its 2013 Tour in Atlantic City on Saturday, January 5. The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino will host the 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. presentation inside their Grand Ballroom. George Poveromo – Host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the NBC Sports Network, and.....
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Calendar of Events

October 30th - JCAA General Meeting Cancelled
November 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 11th - JCAA Dinner
December 18th - JCAA General Meeting at our office

2013 Show Dates

January 5th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series at Golden Nugget, Atlantic City
January 10th-13th - Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show
February 6th-10th - Atlantic City International Power Boat Show
March 15th-17th - Saltwater Fishing Expo
August 24th - JCAA 19TH Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament
September 6th - JCAA Fluke Tournament Awards Ceremony at Golden Nugget, Atlantic City

GoTo: Interactive Calendar of Events

Acronyms, Abbreviations & Technical Terms Used in Fisheries Management Documents

EEZ= Exclusive Economic Zone = Federal water from 3 to 200 nautical miles offshore. Fisheries in the EEZ are generally under federal Control

MNatural mortality (M) - The instantaneous rate at which fish die from all causes other than harvest. This rate has traditionally included unmeasured bycatch mortality, but as research has documented bycatch, it is increasingly included in "F". Usually "M" is an assumption or estimate from maximum age data or the value used for other species with a similar life history strategy. Natural mortality can rarely be measured directly.

MRFSS = Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey

MSP = Maximum spawning potential =  The estimated female spawning stock biomass or egg production in the absence of fishing. A percentage of this value (% MSP) can be used as a measure of the health of a stock.

MSY = Maximum sustainable yield = The largest catch, on average, which can be taken from a stock over time under existing environmental conditions without affecting the reproductive capacity of the stock.

MT = Metric Ton = 2,204.6 pounds

Recruit = An individual fish which has entered a defined group through growth,spawning, or migration, such as those fish above minimum legal size ( fishable stock) or which are sexually mature ( spawning stock).

Recruitment = A measure of weight or number of fish which enter a defined portion of a stock, such as fishable stock or the spawning stock.

SPR = Spawning potential ratio = SPR compares the spawning ability of a stock in the fished condition to the stock’s spawning ability in the unfished condition

SSB = Spawning stock biomass = total weight of fish which are sexually mature; generally pertaining only to females

TAC = Total allowable catch

Threshold = that point where the fishery is regarded as  overfished

Target Values = that value or below which allows the fishery to be self sustaining

Biomass = The total weight of a stock of fish or of a defined subunit of a stock, such as spawning females (SSB)

Bycatch = That portion of a catch taken incidentally to the targeted catch because of non-selectivity of fishing gear to either species or size differences. Some by catch may be retained, but most is usually discarded

CPUE = C/E = The catch taken by a given amount of fishing gear during a given period of time. Over time, CPUE data often provides an indication of trends in abundance in a fish stock

Coastal Pelagic = Fish that migrate along the coast, generally near shore, and live in the water column rather than in association with the bottom.

Demersal  = Refers to organisms which live at or near the bottom, but not in (Benthic) the bottom

= A coastal area landward of the ocean beach where freshwater and saltwater mix. Estuaries are among the most biologically productive and environmentally sensitive habitats.

ITQ = Individual transferable quota + A form of controlled access in which individual persons or vessels receive a property right to a share or specific allocation of the total expected harvest of fish which they can buy, sell, lease, etc.

Mortality rate = the rate at which fish die. Mortality can be expressed as annual percentages or instantaneous rates (the fraction of the stock which dies within each small amount of time). Fishery scientists utilize several different types of mortality to evaluate status of fish stocks, and some serve as biological reference points (Instantaneous rates are used in most stock assessments)

A = Annual mortality = the percentage of a fish stock which dies from all causes during a year.

Fishing mortality (F) = A measurement of the rate of removal of fish from a population by fishing. Fishing mortality can be reported as either annual or instantaneous. Annual mortality is the percentage of fish dying in one year. Instantaneous is that percentage of fish dying at ny one time. The acceptable rates of fishing mortality may vary from species to species. There are several kinds of fishing mortality rates; some of the more common include the following:

F max = The rate of fishing mortality which maximizes the weight taken from a single cohort* over its entire life. (* a group of fish spawned during a given period, usually in a single year)

F msy = The rate of fishing mortality, which maximizes the weight of the harvest within a year.

F 0,1 = The rate of fishing mortality at which an increase in catch for a given increase in effort is only 10% of what it would be from an unfished stock.

Z = Total instantaneous mortality = The sum of fishing F and natural mortality M