JCAA Newsletter
March 2013
JCAA 19th Annual Fluke Tournament - August 24th, 2013
by Paul Turi
Mark your calendar for the JCAA 19th annual fluke tournament which this year will be held on Saturday, August 24th, 2013. If there is a hurricane on August 24th the tournament will be held the following week on August 31st. The awards ceremony will be held on September 6th, 2013 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. We have......
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Sportsperson-of-the-Year Dinner
by Paul Turi
Due to Hurricane Sandy we will be holding our 2012 sportsperson of the year dinner on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at the Crystal Pt. Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant. At that time we will be honoring JCAA’s 2012 sportsperson of the year, Tim Burden. Tickets are $75 each and $600 for a table of 10. Many clubs have already reserved their tables for......
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Membership Report
by John Toth
I have already received 2013 membership dues from the South Jersey Saltwater Anglers, Newark Bait and Flycasting Club, the Asbury Park Fishing and the Berkeley Striper Clubs. I will be sending out invoices for 2013 club membership dues in the near future, but please feel free to pay your club dues now. Also, when you do, please.....
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Black Sea Bass and Fluke Regulations Update
by Paul Haertel
As we go to press we received a little bit of good news regarding sea bass. On 2/14/13 the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) voted to accept the recommendation of their Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) to increase the Allowable Biological Catch (ABC) to 5.5 million pounds. This is an increase of......
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It’s A Saltwater Angler’s Paradise at The Saltwater Fishing Expo
DOVER, NH– February 4, 2013 –-If you have saltwater running in your veins, then do not miss the Saltwater Fishing Expo, March 15-17, 2013, at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. This is the largest show dedicated to saltwater sportfishing north of Miami, FL. Visitors will find fantastic deals on tackle, exhibits.......
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President's Report by Joseph Puntasecca
Elections were held at our January General Meeting. There were no nominations from the floor. Your officers for 2013 are:

President: Joseph Puntasecca
First Vice President: Mark Taylor
Second Vice President: Paul Haertel
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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Managing Our Nation's Fisheries Conference: Unaffordable for all but the Bureaucrats and Council Members
The third Managing Our Nation's Fisheries conference will be held May 7-9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The conference is convened by the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils and hosted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. I put a notice about this conference in the February Newspaper and was looking forward to.....
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Shark Plan
The HMS report and my report in the February Newspaper both discuss the absurdity of the proposed changes to the HMS Shark Plan. Below are North Carolina’s comments to the NMFS. We are in agreement on the impact on the recreational community. Years ago they moved HMS from the Council system to NMFS. This was proposed by.....
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Pots Off the Reefs
Last month I discussed the possibility of a compromise suggested by the Governor’s Office. To date, there has been no formal compromise presented to the public. I think what happened at the Mid-Atlantic Council should have an impact on any proposal coming from the Governor’s Office. The Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council did.....
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Open the Pandora’s Box: A Discussion about Fisheries Allocations
NOAA Fisheries has released the first-ever compilation and discussion of fisheries allocation issues which summarizes input received from a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The report is a direct outcome of commitments made by NOAA during the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit to address stakeholder concerns regarding.....
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NCDMF Comments on Draft Amendment 5 to the Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan
The NC Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF) would like to provide comments to the Commission’s Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Shark Management Board on Draft Amendment 5 to the Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). NCDMF’s goal is provide North Carolina’s recreational and commercial.....
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Fisheries Management SMZs Approved for Delaware Reefs
by John Oswald, Asbury Park Press, 2/15/2013
Forces fighting to get commercial fishing gear off artificial reefs got a boost on Wednesday at the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) meeting in Virginia. The council approved several options for designating the sites as Special Management Zones (SMZs) in the Delaware EEZ. The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.....
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Traces of Anxiety Drug May Affect Behavior in Fish
by Pam Belluck, New York Times, 2/14/2013
Traces of a common psychiatric medication that winds up in rivers and streams may affect fish behavior and feeding patterns, according to a study in the journal Science published Thursday. Researchers in Sweden exposed wild European perch to water with different concentrations of Oxazepam, an anti-anxiety medication that can.....
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Highly Migratory Species Report John T. Koegler
NMFS closed the commercial Bluefin tuna category as of Feb 15, 2013. This category will reopen on May 31, 2013. This is an amazing fishery that is now centered in North Carolina. For over 50 years this fishery was centered in New England from Montauk to Maine. New England fishermen have gone from landing 100% of the US Bluefin tuna quota.....
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New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
Representing the JCAA, I attended a January 28th meeting of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA), and the following is a brief summary of this meeting: The NJOA is very involved in taking wounded American veterans on hunting trips so that they can enjoy nature and just have a good time surrounded by people who appreciate their.....
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Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
NJ HOFNOD Development
On February 15, 2013 Tim Burden and I attended a HOFNOD meeting at the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Central Office to discuss their HOFNOD Action Plan for New Jersey that Liz Jackson and Jessica Girglik designed to take NJ HOFNOD to the next level. Frank Virgilio, NJ State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Ed Markowski.....
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Calendar of Events

February 26th - JCAA General Meeting (at the JCAA Office)
March 14th - JCAA Board Meeting
March 15th-17th - Saltwater Fishing Expo
March 26th - JCAA General Meeting
April 14th - Sportsperson-of-the-year Dinner
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