JCAA Newsletter
November 2010
Sportsperson-of-the-Year Awards Dinner
by Paul Turi, co-chairman
Donít forget, our Sportsperson-of-the-Year Dinner is November 14th at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant. Individual tickets are $75.00 each and tables of 10 are $600.00, a $150.00 savings. This is a major fundraiser for JCAA. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Dan Miller at 609-641-7821 or by email at.....
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Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series comes to Atlantic City!
Contact 1-800-448-7360
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will kick off its 2011 Tour in Atlantic City on Saturday, January 8. The Trump Marina Hotel & Casino will host the 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. presentation inside their Grand Cayman Ballroom. George Poveromo Ė Host of George Poveromoís World of Saltwater Fishing on VERSUS, and Editor-At-Large.....
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President's Report by Mark Taylor
We are coming into the colder months but that does not mean things donít 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. Itís time for everyone to get more involved with the issues that face us. I am asking for more.....
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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Striped Bass
Nothing has changed since last month. We will be voting on Addendum 2 at the ASMFC Annual Meeting. Hopefully, the states that voted to increase the commercial quota before public hearings will change their vote. I will keep you posted.
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Striped Bass Draft Addendum II
This Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the striped bass management program: (1) an increase in the coastal commercial quota, and (2) revising the definition of recruitment failure based on Technical Committee advice.
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(Reprinted from the October JCAA Newspaper)
Last year after the weakfish stock assessment was approved through peer review, we decided we needed to take action. By any form of stock assessment, this stock is in dire shape. Even though strong management measures were in place for 15 years, the stock began to reverse itself and go in a negative direction. If this was a stock managed.....
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Shad and River Herring
As I stated in last monthís JCAA Newspaper, some states think a moratorium clearly does not actually mean a moratorium. Instead it means we should allow a bycatch since the fish will be caught any way in a pound net fishery which can release fish alive. What a moratorium means will be debated again in Charleston at the annual.....
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Barnegat Bay Bills
I serve on the policy committee of the Barnegat Bay Partnership. I also serve on the advisory committee representing JCAA. I have been involved with protecting Barnegat Bay and the other bays and estuaries in New Jersey for over 25 years. I have seen many initiatives like C-1 designation for streams. These are positive attempts.....
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ASMFC 69th Annual Meeting Agenda
Preliminary Agenda
November 7, 2010
02:00 - 06:00 pm   Registration
07:00 - 09:00 pm   Welcome Reception

November 8, 2010
08:00 - 10:00 am   Atlantic Herring Section
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New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
On behalf of the JCAA, I attended a September 27th meeting of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) and the following issues were discussed. Mr. Henri Aymonier gave a presentation on how the NJOA can have a fundraiser by having its membership enroll with an energy supplier called Viridian. Due to deregulation in the electrical.....
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Highly Migratory Species Report by John T. Koegler
EPA Listing for Bluefin Tuna?
They are at it again! The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) on May 24, 2010 filed a petition with the NOAA to list Atlantic Bluefin Tuna as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. CBD was also a petitioner in the group that sought a ban on the use of lead in fishing tackle and hunting ammo. NMFS announces their 90 day.....
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Mercury Levels in Saltwater Fish Caught by New Jersey's Recreational Anglers: Low Risk from Most Species
by Joanna Burger and Michael Gochfeld
In the early morning fog on Barnegat Bay Inlet, we watch fishermen gather in small boats, each one with two or three fishermen. Even the faint chill cannot dampen the thrill of fishing, the faint swell of the surf, and the freedom of the open water. Common Terns drift low over the gentle swells searching for schools of Bluefish, whose own.....
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New Jersey Beach Buggy Association
Please allow me to introduce you to the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association. NJBBA was founded in 1953 and incorporated in 1954 by a small group of surf fishermen, lead by Mr. Jeff Paul. These men saw the need to protect beach access for future generations and were well aware of the very real possibility of threats to that access. Throughout.....
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Calendar of Events

October 25th - JCAA General Meeting
October 25th - ASA Summit
November 7th-11th - ASMFC Annual Meeting
November 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 14th - JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
November 30th - JCAA General Meeting
December 9th - JCAA Board Meeting
December 25th - JCAA General Meeting
January 9th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar in 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 stockís 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