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July 2016
NOTICES
2016 JCAA 22nd Annual Fluke Tournament
by Paul Turi, Tournament Director
The JCAA 22nd Annual Fluke Tournament will take place on Saturday, August 6th and the Awards Presentations will take place on Thursday, August 11th at the Clarion Hotel on Rt. 37 in Toms River, NJ. Entries have been coming in. I am now starting to process the early entries that have been coming in and affidavits are now starting to be mailed. If you didn’t sign up for the $50,000.....
Super 50-50
Our Super 50-50 tickets are on sale. Tickets are $10.00 each. This will be an all cash prize. There will be three winners. Tickets can be obtained by calling the office and tickets will be mailed to you or see your club rep. We will also be doing a mailing in September with tickets.....
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 13th, 2016 we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. Again, the dinner will be held at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant from 4:00-8:00PM. We are now accepting nominations for this year’s sportsperson of the year. We will vote at our September general membership meeting. If you want to nominate.....
2016 High Roller Raffle
Our High Roller Raffle Drawing took place on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:30pm at the JCAA office in Toms River. Below are this year's winners.

1. Michael Chevalier
2. Carly Londrigan
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President's Report by John Toth
Before you know it, the JCAA Fluke Tournament will be here (August 6th), and in addition to the many prizes that will be available, there is a $50,000 prize for the angler who catches the biggest fish over 12 lbs.! While 12 lbs. is certainly a big fish, it is certainly doable by skillful anglers or even by a first-time angler with dumb luck! How many times have we witnessed.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Barnegat Bay State of the Bay
Every five years the BBP conducts an assessment of the bay's condition based on a suite of indicators that have been measured through time. Taken together, these measurable characteristics provide a picture of the overall health of Barnegat Bay. As I stated, I was only there for part of the meeting but Bruce Freeman was there all day. This day is sponsored by the Barnegat.....
Endocrine Disruptors in Large and Smallmouth Bass in the Northeast Region
Dr. Ken Abel from Rutgers alerted me that Vicki Blazer from USGS was doing a presentation at the Pinelands Commission on one of my favorite subjects, endocrine disruptors. As any of you who are regulars readers know, I frequently write about sewage plants and the release of estrogen mimickers (endocrine disruptors). Even though I hated to miss much of the State of the Bay Report.....
Weakfish
Sometimes being Commissioner to ASMFC is frequently depressing. Weakfish is a prime example. I have not come home with good news about weakfish in over 10 years. Because of concerns about weakfish, Congressman Carper put in a bill titled the Weakfish Emergency Bill. Instead we convinced him to introduce a more generic bill which ultimately became the Atlantic Coast.....
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) July Meeting Schedule on Draft Plan
• Tue. July 12 in Virginia Beach, VA - 6-8pm at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
• Thu. July 14 in West Long Branch, NJ - 6-8pm at Monmouth University in Pozycki Hall
• Wed. July 20 in Lewes, DE - 6-8pm at the Virden Retreat Center, University of Delaware
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Weakfish Stock Assessment Indicates Stock is Depleted and Overfishing not Occurring
ASMFC Press Release: May 5, 2016
Alexandria, VA – The 2016 Weakfish Benchmark Stock Assessment and Peer Review Report indicate weakfish is depleted and has been for the past 13 years. Under the new reference points, the stock is considered depleted when the stock is below a spawning stock biomass (SSB) threshold of 30% (15.17 million pounds). In 2014, SSB was 5.62 million pounds. While the assessment indicates.....
State of the Bay Report: Director’s Comments
By Stan Hales, Director of BBP
The Barnegat Bay ecosystem and its inhabitants weathered a historic cataclysm since the publication of our 2011 State of the Bay Report (SOTB); nonetheless, our work to assess, protect and restore the bay has continued to move forward. As has been chronicled in many places and summarized in a special section of this 2016 SOTB, Superstorm Sandy was almost unprecedented in its impacts.....
NJ Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
On behalf of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA), I attended the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) meeting that was held on May 23rd. I also chaired this meeting as its president. The following issues were discussed: JCAA's Tom Fote and I requested Dr. Eric Powell, Director, Science Center for Marine Fisheries, to attend this meeting and give a presentation on the background.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Crabbing at the Jersey Shore and Militia Museum Tour
Twenty-two Veterans and family members attended a Museum tour and crabbing workshop hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 12), JCAA, and Sea Girt Army National Guard Training Center Militia Museum. The goal is to connect veterans to the outdoors and help veteran men and women take time to heal by utilizing healthy outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating......
Miscellaneous
Letter to Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
by Ken Warchal
JCAA strongly agrees that the Council should take measures to protect all species of forage fish listed in the Amendment throughout the entire region over which the Council has jurisdiction. Forage fish are extremely important to the entire marine ecosystem. Healthy stocks of predator species pursued by the recreational and commercial fisheries could not be sustainable without......
Letter to NOAA Re: Raritan River Project
by John Toth, President
I am writing to you on behalf of the 70 member organizations of The Jersey Coast Anglers Association. Thousands of our members fish the Raritan river and Raritan bay for Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Bluefish and Weakfish. Improving the quality of this specific inland habitat will certainly have a positive impact in the immediate areas of the project, but we are also very......

Calendar of Events

June 28th - JCAA General Meeting
July 7th - Menhaden Public Hearing in NJ
July 14th - JCAA Board Meeting
August 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
September 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
September 27th - JCAA General Meeting
August 6th - JCAA Fluke Tournament
November 13th - JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
Note: No JCAA General Meeting in July and August

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