JCAA Newsletter

March 2018
Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fisheries Management Plan Update with Proposed NJ Regulatory Options
by Paul Haertel
On 2/8/18 the ASMFC’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board approved Addendum XXX which establishes a regional allocation of the coastwide Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL) as opposed to Coastwide Measures. Allocations will now be based on both historical harvest and exploitable biomass rather than just historical average which had been done in the.....
JCAA Votes No to Selling Striped Bass in NJ
by John Toth
In JCAA’s February newsletter, I wrote an article “Proposal to Sell Farm-Raised Striped Bass in New Jersey” that summarized our September 6th meeting with Prime Time Seafood/Pacifico, the company that wants to sell farm-raised striped bass in NJ. My summary of this meeting was then followed by a letter from Pacifco as to why they should be allowed to sell their bass.....
2018 Show Season for JCAA
by Mark Taylor
2018 Atlantic City Boat Show is being held February 28th to March 4th at Atlantic City Convention Center. This is the show you need to be at if you are looking to invest in a new boat. Pick up the show guide book as you enter the show. This will make it easier to navigate through the show. Check out the JCAA ad in this guide. There are a lot of different manufactures present at this show.....
Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series back in Linwood!
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will return to the Linwood Country Club (500 Shore Road, Linwood) on Saturday, February 24. 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 Editor for Salt Water Sportsman. Nick Honachefsky, a noted writer.....
New JCAA Fluke Tournament Director Position Open
The JCAA is seeking a person who will manage its JCAA Fluke Tournament in 2018. This person in this position will promote the tournament with press releases, interacting with tournament sponsors to obtain prizes and recognition in promotional materials, handle promotional mailings to anglers concerning the tournament, distribute promotional material to tackle shops and.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
I would like to thank everyone for having the confidence in me to be your President. I will be contacting all member club presidents and setting up to have me come to one of their club meetings to introduce myself and explain in person that we all need to get involved. There are many different ways to get involved that fits everyone’s lifestyle. I would like to help find that place.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2017 JCAA Youth Education Award
On Sunday, April 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 12 and Cardinale Enterprises will host the second annual Play HOOK-e Take a Disabled Veteran Fishing at the Ponderosa Estate Farm, Lake Julianna Millstone Township, NJ. Disabled veterans and their guest are invited to fish at a private lake to catch and release......
Public Access Update
by John Toth
I have written several articles in the JCAA newsletter about public access issues, especially as it relates to anglers trying to have access to fishing locations that dot our shoreline. I spent four days in Trenton with a large number of groups, up to about 50 people or more, trying to hammer out language that can be used by Senator Smith to help him craft a bill that he could use to.....
Letter to Regional Administrator NOAA GARFO on Artificial Reefs in the EEZ Off NJ
Dear Mike, Congratulations on your recent appointment to head up the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO). JCAA is pleased to know of your extensive background in sustainable fisheries management and look forward to working with you and your staff. We’re also pleased that you hail from Point Pleasant, NJ and can relate to our local fishing issues and.....

Calendar of Events

January 30th - JCAA General Meeting
February 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
February 10th - JCAA Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar
February 24th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series
February 27th - JCAA General Meeting
February 28th-March 4th - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 16th-March 18th - Saltwater Expo at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison NJ
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