JCAA Newsletter

March 2017
JCAA High Roller Raffle 2017
by Don Marantz
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 1981. The original objective of the JCAA, that continues today, was to combine a group of marine sportfishing clubs in order to form and promote a united consensus on issues relevant to saltwater anglers in New Jersey. JCAA works to protect the rights of New Jersey's recreational fishermen by.....
Update on New Fluke Regulations
by John Toth
We have all heard about the straw that broke the camel's back. Well that is the story with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) telling us that we need to have a 19-inch fluke for our 2017 fishing season. If implemented, it will put a lot of party boats/charter boats and related industries out of business! Looking at this looming prospect, our legislators and the Commissioner.....
Sandmining Meeting - January 24, 2017
by Ken Warshal, 1st VP
President John Toth and I met at the NJ Geological & Water Survey office located in Ewing, NJ with representatives of the recreational and commercial fishing community, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corp of Engineers, the Bureau of Energy Management and NJ Fish and Wildlife. Present were William Dixon, DEP, Manager Bureau of Coastal Engineering; Keith Watson.....
End Game for Blueback Herring - Update
by Capt. Paul Eidman
I have been working on river herring related issues for the past 25 years and was one of the first anglers/conservationists to jump up and call attention to the fact that they were disappearing rapidly before our eyes. We are quite literally at the bottom of the River Herring barrel, with the best available science telling us that 98% of the historic population is GONE. But what has really happened.....
President's Reportby John Toth
It is show season and JCAA will be at the following great events: George Poveromo’s Salt Water Sportsman Seminar in Linwood on 2/28, The Atlantic City Boat Show from 3/2-3/5 and the Saltwater Fishing Expo in Somerset from 3/17-3/19. Stop by to say hello, learn the latest about regulations on fluke and sea bass, buy a couple raffle tickets or enter early for our fluke tournament on.....
NJ Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
On behalf of the JCAA, I attended the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) meeting on January 23rd and also chaired this meeting as its president. The following is a brief summary of this meeting. New Fluke Regulations - a lot of discussion centered around how destructive the proposed regulations would be to both the fishing and tourism of our state. The recurring problem with bad data......
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
NJ HOFNOD 2017 Instructor Training
The next NJ HOFNOD instructor training workshop will take place at Lighthouse Camp Natural Resource Education in Waretown, NJ on April 28-30, 2017. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Youth Education Committee, will assist with the training by providing a hands-on fly tying session for instructor trainees. NJ HOFNOD is coordinated by Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator......

Calendar of Events

February 25th - Saltwater National Seminar Series
February 28th - JCAA General Meeting
March 2nd-5th - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 17th-19th - Saltwater Expo
May 21st - Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
August 5th - JCAA Fluke Tournament
August 10th - Fluke Tournament Awards Presentations
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