JCAA Newsletter

April 2004

President's Report  

This space is generally reserved for our President’s Report.  However, this month there will be no President’s Report .....

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JCAA 2004 Fluke Tournament
Mark your calendar for June 12th (fishing) and June 18th (ceremony).  This year’s tournament promises to be the best tournament in Jersey Coast history...

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Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association, Inc. is taking the lead teaching children how be a mate on a vessel.  Children will sign up from local schools in the area and partner with boat captains to learn ...

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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
The Fence Comes Down!
As you can see from the two articles included in this newspaper, there was a problem created when the Coast Guard erected a fence on Sandy Hook.  This was thoroughly discussed at the February JCAA meeting and the clubs in attendance developed and approved a plan of action ....

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Anglers Scoff At Fence Claims (John Geiser Asbury Park Press)

Surf fishermen are not buying the Coast Guard’s claim that anglers do not need to fish the tip of Sandy Hook....

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Fishing - Poignant Plea: Don't Fence Me Out! (Al Ristori, Star Ledger)
Surfcasters are up in arms over the unannounced construction of a fence from the Coast Guard Station at Sandy Hook right to the surf. That fence cuts off the traditional access to the tip of Sandy Hook ....

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Letter To Legislators

Dear Senator Jon Corzine, Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Frank Pallone, I am writing to protest the loss of beach access to the Sandy Hook Rip ....

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Striped Bass

As usual, this was an interesting month for striped bass issues.  The two big events were the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Striped Bass Board Meeting and the Congressional Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Striped Bass Conservation Act.   ....

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Summer Flounder

At the ASMFC meeting there was a lengthy discussion about New York’s summer flounder overages and the necessary reduction.  I fought hard for a motion that would give New York some relief....

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Congressional Testimony, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife & Oceans

I am here to support the reauthorization of bill HR 3883.  This bill was landmark legislation when it was first passed and still is today.  It is the primary reason for one of the greatest success stories in fisheries management....

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NJ & DE Issue Fish Consumption Advisories
JCAA thanks Governor James McGreevey and Commissioner Brad Campbell for getting New Jersey and Delaware together to have uniformed advisories on fish. JCAA for years has requested uniform advisories .....

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Limits Urged on Eating Tuna
For the first time, the federal government has warned pregnant and nursing women and young children away from eating more than a limited amount of canned albacore “white” tuna because of potential hazards from mercury in the fish.....

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Group Wants Oyster Creek's Hot Water Shut Off
The New Jersey Public Interest Research Group was joined yesterday by environmental activists in calling for the state to reject the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant's application for a thermal discharge permit.....

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Meeting Announcement
Do you fish or dive at or around Historic Area Remediation Site/ (HARS) /Old Mud Dump?.....

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Prizes for the 2004 JCAA Hi-Rollers Raffle
We have put together a terrific selection of rods and reels for one raffle with eight prizes that will run until the April 27, 2004 JCAA meeting

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Animal Rights Organization Under Fire
Two new commercials that recently aired on national television are putting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the leading animal rights organization in the country, on the defensive.....

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ASMFC March 2004 Meeting Summary
The Winter Flounder Management Board met to review the current draft of Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Inshore Stocks of Winter Flounder.....

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Calendar of Events


  • NJ Mar 24 3PM - NJ Marine Fisheries Council
  • Mar 30 7:40 PM - JCAA Monthly Meeting
  • Mar 31 3-6PM COE and EPA meeting at James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sandy Hook
  • May 4-6 - MAFMC, Crowne Plaza Meadowlands, Secaucus, NJ
  • May 24-27 - ASMFC Meeting Week , Radisson Hotel Old Town Alexandria,  625 First Street, Alexandria, Virginia.
  • June 1-3 - Marine Fish Conservation Network Board Mtg 
  • June 6-9 - ASA Spring Meeting , Radisson Hotel Old Town Alexandria, 625 First Street, Alexandria, Virginia.
  • June 12 -  JCAA Fluke Tournament
  • June 18  - JCAA Fluke Tournament Award Presentation

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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

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.

= Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey

= 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.

= 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.

= Metric Ton = 2,204.6 pounds

= 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).

= 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

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

= Total allowable catch

= that point where the fishery is regarded as  overfished

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

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

= 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

= 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.

= 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.

= 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):

= 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

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