JCAA Newsletter

January 2017
Much Tougher Fluke Regulations Expected for 2017
By Paul Haertel
At their meeting in Baltimore on 12/14, the ASMFC and MAFMC discussed Draft Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. The addendum is expected to be tweaked a little and then released for public comment in the near future. Unfortunately, things are not looking good for our 2017 fluke.....
Update on Possible Fluke Regulations for 2107
by John Toth
As I mentioned to you in my President's column, I want to give you my account of attending the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAMFC) meeting on December 14th that was held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss possible new regulations for fluke in 2017. When Paul Haertel and I arrived at the.....
Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary Tour with a Stop in Linwood!
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will bring a stop on its 30 Year Anniversary Tour to the Linwood Country Club (500 Shore Road, Linwood) on Saturday, February 25. The host of the 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. presentation will be George Poveromo – of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the NBC Sports Network, and Contributing.....
Super 50-50 Raffle
by Don Marantz
At our Board of Directors meeting on December 8th, we pulled the winning tickets for our Super 50-50 drawing. The winners are as follows: 1st ticket pulled was Bill Browne of Toms River, NJ who won $1,357.50, 2nd ticket pulled was John Avery of Emerson, NJ who won $814.50, 3rd ticket pulled was John Thomas of Lumberton, NJ who won......
President's Reportby John Toth
First of all, a Happy Holidays to you all, and the very best for the upcoming New Year! May 2017 be a healthy and happy New Year for you and your loved ones! Also, may you have good fishing in 2017 too! I have Good news for you and also very Bad news for you. First the Good News - after almost 10 YEARS of trying, we got the commercial traps off the.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Estate Planning
In the President’s column, I noticed that John Toth pointed out that now is the time for you to make your tax deductible donations for 2016. After “Black Friday” we have “Cyber Monday” and then “Giving Tuesday.” I must have received 150 emails that day asking for donations but none from JCAA. JCAA has been good at fighting our battles.....
Fighting the Onerous Fluke Quota
NMFS has proposed to reduce the fluke quota to the lowest quota we have ever had. NMFS is doing this because of three stated reasons. The three reasons are poor recruitment, a drop in spawning stock biomass from their all-time highs and overage in New York and Connecticut. The last few years we have not seen great recruitment by summer.....
Congressman Frank Pallone and Senator Cory Booker Letter to NOAA Calling for Status Quo on Summer Flounder
We write in regard to a proposal by NOAA Fisheries to reduce the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC), recreational and commercial quotas for summer flounder in 2017 and 2018. Implementing this proposed rule will have a dramatic impact on the livelihoods of recreational and commercial fishermen, damaging the economies of coastal communities.....
Reversing Course, EPA Says Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water
by Coral Davenport, New York Times, December 13, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas extraction technique also known as fracking, has contaminated drinking water in some circumstances, according to the final version of a comprehensive study first issued in 2015. The new version is far more worrying than the first, which found.....
I was EPA Administrator. Advice for the next one: Don’t walk back Environmental Progress.
Opinion by Christine Todd Whitman
Christine Todd Whitman, EPA administrator from 2001 to 2003, is president of the Whitman Strategy Group environmental consulting firm and co-chair of the Clean & Safe Energy Coalition, which advocates for nuclear energy. President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) to head the.....
Rapid Evolution Saved this Fish from Pollution, Study Says
by Joanna Klein, New York Times, December 9, 2016
The State of New Jersey says you can’t eat the fish or shellfish from the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay. That’s because they’re living in the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site, where toxic leftovers from the manufacture of chemicals like DDT and the infamous Agent Orange oozed into surrounding waterways to be taken up by the animals that.....
Membership Report by Kyren Dooley
Association membership dues are due on January 1, 2017 and invoices will be mailed to your club. Please complete all the information on the forms provided to you so that we can have accurate information about your club. Please note that our JCAA address has changed! The JCAA has moved to a new......
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Looking Back on NJ HOFNOD 2016
Liz Jackson, Program Coordinator, NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife stated, “NJ HOFNOD had a great year. There were so many great activities, training, and fishing programs that took place throughout New Jersey.” February: NJ HOFNOD had their first Team Leader Gathering at Assunpink Wildlife Management......

Calendar of Events

December 27th - JCAA General Meeting
January 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
January 31st - JCAA General Meeting
February 25th - Saltwater National Seminar Series
March 2nd-5th - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 17th-19th - Saltwater Expo
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

M = Natural 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

Estuary = 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