JCAA Newsletter

December 2016
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 13th we held the JCAA Sportsperson-of-the-Year dinner to honor this year’s Sportsperson-of-the-Year, Pete Grimbilas. Also being honored at the dinner was Carl Bruger for the JCAA Youth Education Award. Also being honored posthumously was one of JCAA’s very own, Dr. Edward W. Cherry. Ed was active with JCAA for many years.....
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
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 also sent out tickets by mail just recently. The drawing will take place in December, so there is plenty of time to get your tickets and......
President's Reportby John Toth
What a great time was had by all! We had 148 attendees at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant for this dinner that had a lot of door prizes, Tricky Trays and signup sheets offering special prizes. In addition to having fun by rubbing elbows with our fishing friends, we gathered together for the main purpose of this dinner and that is to honor those.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
2017 Another Year NMFS & MAFMC Killing Recreational Summer Flounder
Below you will see the release on the specifications for summer flounder for 2017 and 2018. Every time I see the new specifications, I get more and more aggravated. This is a fishery we started to rebuild in 1996. We have greatly increased the spawning biomass from what was available in the 1990s. Remember, we were fishing on 13 and.....
Environmental Concerns One Outcome of the Election
In addition to JCAA’s mission to protect recreation fishing, we have also always had a commitment to protecting the marine environment from any negative impact. Anglers continue to see the impact of global warming. Yet with this election, we are confronted with incoming officials who deny the existence of global warming. No matter how you voted.....
One of the Most Important Stories on NJ Marine Fisheries
Last month I wrote that Brandon Muffley was leaving as Director of the Bureau of Marine Fisheries to take a job at the Mid Atlantic Council. This happened! The 2016 election is over so JCAA is in the process of bringing together the major recreational groups, major commercial groups and environmental groups to work on the marine.....
JCAA, NJOA and NJSFSC Working Together to Get the Pots off NJ Artificial Reefs in Federal Waters
The work has started to get the pots off New Jersey’s artificial reefs in federal waters and here is the next step. There were public hearings already but you still have time to submit in your comments. We will keep you posted on what needs to be done next. Here is the NJOA release on this topic and the JCAA comments. This is a request from the.....
Today NOAA is announcing the Proposed Rule for 2017 and 2018 Summer Flounder
Today NOAA is announcing the Proposed Rule for 2017 and 2018 Summer Flounder Specifications. This proposed rule would implement revised specifications including commercial and recreational summer flounder catch limits for 2017 and 2018. The U.S. science-based fishery management process prevents overfishing and rebuilds fish.....
ASMFC Summaries for Annual Meeting
The Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) met to review the Technical Committee’s (TC) report evaluating the variables affecting the harvest in 2015 under Addendum IV, and to review the2016 stock assessment update. The Atlantic Striped Bass Plan Review Team (PRT) conducted a preliminary review on the performance of the Addendum IV.....
Ed Cherry Posthumously Awarded JCAA Lifetime Achievement Award
Below are my comments from the JCAA dinner. There were fifteen members of Ed’s family in attendance including his wife Marilyn. Tonight JCAA is honoring Ed Cherry with the JCAA lifetime achievement award. Ed passed away on May 26, 2015. JCAA has a long-standing policy of not giving individuals who dedicate their time to JCAA the “JCAA Sportsmen of the Year Award” no matter how many.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Submit Your Youth Fishing News
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee is asking JCAA member clubs/organizations for a listing of scheduled youth and family events that are going to be held by your club or organization during 2017. The purpose of this request is to alert other fishing clubs and organizations that would like to participate in your youth and family......

Calendar of Events

November 29th - JCAA General Meeting
December 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
December 13th-15th - Joint MAFMC & ASMFC Meeting, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
December 27th - JCAA General Meeting
February 25th - Saltwater National Seminar Series
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