JCAA Newsletter

February 2017
Comments Submitted to ASMFC on Fluke Regulations
by John Toth & Paul Haertel
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is opposed to any of the options in draft addendum XXVIII as we believe they are unnecessary and would create a severe negative impact upon New Jersey's recreational fishing industry. Fluke is the most important recreational fish caught in our state and the draconian measures you are proposing would result in a drastic decrease in the number.....
Comments on the Draft Addendum XXVIII
by Phil Simon
There are several issues with the stock assessment update that create a great deal of uncertainty in the findings of the Science and Statistical Committee and their recommendations to the ASMFC and the MAFMC, and their corrective measures involving severe cutbacks to the ABC and Total harvests for New Jersey, New York, and the other states on the east coast. I am especially concerned.....
Letter to ASMFC on Pending Fluke Regulations
by Nick Cicero
Although I sit on the board of both The Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund and the Recreational Fishing Alliance my comments today are from the prospective of how the pending regulations will affect jobs and small businesses in New Jersey. I’m the sales manager of the Folsom Corporation of Mahwah New Jersey. We have been a wholesale distributor and manufacturer of fishing.....
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.....
President's Reportby John Toth
FThe most pressing issue at the moment is the possibility that we may have a 19-inch minimum size for fluke in 2017 along with a 2 to 3 fish bag limit and a reduced season! The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Commission (MAMFC) held a public hearing at the Galloway Twp. public library on January 5th to take comments on their proposal for it. The place was packed with anglers, with many of them.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Summer Flounder Hearing
On January 5th, the ASMFC held a hearing in NJ. Luckily snow was in the forecast so the crowd was only 170. The Galloway Public Library had seats for about 80 so some left when they could not get into the room but about 70 stood for the whole hearing. This hearing could have gotten out of hand but the anglers conducted themselves with true class and made me proud. When Adam Nowalski.....
New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries Budge
New Jersey’s recreational anglers are working hard and united to stop the reduction in the Summer Flounder fishery for 2017. The recreational anglers need to do the same for New Jersey’s Bureau of Marine Fisheries Budget (NJBMF). I have mentioned many times over the years that the NJBMF budget in 1981 was 3.1 million dollars. There were no saltwater recreational management plans.....
NJ Assembly Resolution 206
An assembly resolution urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct a new summer flounder assessment before implementing any catch limits for 2017. Whereas, New Jersey fisheries are ranked among the best in the nation and it is estimated that there are as many as one million recreational saltwater anglers fishing in New Jersey; and whereas, of the many varieties.....
Membership Report by Kyren Dooley
Association membership dues are due on January 1, 2017 and invoices will be mailed to your club. Please complete all the information on the forms provided to you so that we can have accurate information about your club. Please note that our JCAA address has changed! The JCAA has moved to a new......
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Boating Education and Rescue B.E.A.R.
Since 2014 the JCAA Youth Education Committee has worked with and supported “Boating Education and Rescue,” coordinated by Mike and Debbie Bennett who are environmental and boating safety educators. Mike and Debbie are NJ State Certified Instructors, Certified Master Naturalist and NJ HOFNOD Certified Instructors and are a 501 (c) 3 organization. Over the years we partnered......

Calendar of Events

January 31st - JCAA General Meeting
February 9th - JCAA Board Meeting
February 25th - Saltwater National Seminar Series
February 28th - JCAA General Meeting
March 2nd-5th - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 17th-19th - Saltwater Expo
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