JCAA Newsletter

April 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.....
NJ's Governor's Surf Tournament
by John Toth
The Governor's Surf Tournament will be held on May 21st at Island Beach State Park. It is sponsored by the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, the Federation of Sportsmen's Club, NJ Beach Buggy Association, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, the NJ Division of Parks and the NJ DEP. The cost to pre-register is $20 for anglers 18 years and older, and $5 for ages 13-17. Ages 12 and under are.....
President's Reportby John Toth
We are in the season of trade shows and thank God we have them since they give us the opportunity to get out of the house during these dreary winter months to see and buy fishing gear for the upcoming season. These shows give the JCAA an opportunity to pass out our newsletters and to talk to attendees about fishing issues and JCAA's involvement in them. The most recent show the.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
NJ Sportfishing Economics
Recreational fishing brings a myriad of economic benefits to communities throughout the U.S. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates have released the 2017 update of Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, along with a new series of one-page infographics, which depict recreational fishing’s economic impact.....
Federal Budget
One issue on which we all agree is that there is not enough money in the Federal budget to properly manage this nation’s fisheries. We lack the funds to develop the data necessary to accurate stock assessments. We lack the funds to get reliable recreational catch figures. We are constantly restricting recreational and commercial fisheries because NMFS does not have the data they need.....
State Budget
I cannot believe that I am singing the same song that I was in the early 80’s. The Bureau of Marine Fisheries Budget is limited to New Jersey tax dollars except for a few fees on the commercial side. When JCAA was complaining about the budget in the 80’s there were very few fisheries’ plans or restrictions for either the commercial or recreational side. Except for some Federal quotas or size.....
Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass
The good news is that New Jersey has come together, Democrats and Republicans, commercial and recreational anglers, state and federal officials. The bad news is it took an outrageous position by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council to force this coalition. You have seen the fact in previous editions of this newspaper. When ASMFC tried.....
States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum I
Arlington, VA – The states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Jersey have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum I to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Herring. Draft Addendum I includes management options to ensure the seasonal quota is distributed throughout Trimester 2, are applied consistently.....
NJ Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
On behalf of the JCAA, I attended the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) meeting on February 27th and also chaired this meeting as its president. The following is a brief summary of this meeting. The NJOA held its fundraising dinner at the Black Forest Inn in Stanhope on February 19th, and it was a successful wild game dinner that included different menu items such as boar, venison......
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Jersey Shore Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter will meet on Sunday, April 9, 2017 to fly fish Spring Lake from 10:00 am till noon. This is a great opportunity for disabled veterans to learn about fly fishing and possibly catch some fish after the first day of Trout season. If the weather is not favorable for fly fishing, Spring Lake veterans will meet at the VFW Post 2226, 212 Norwood......

Calendar of Events

March 27th - ASMFC Atlantic Herring Hearing
March 28th - JCAA General Meeting
April 13th - JCAA Board Meeting
April 25th - JCAA General Meeting
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