JCAA Newsletter

May 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.....
Win Big in the Fisherman Magazine’s 2017 Dream Boat Challenge
by Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
By subscribing to The Fisherman Magazine, you are automatically eligible to enter our annual Dream Boat Challenge; there is no additional entry fee to shell out, no extra hoops to jump through, nothing. Aside from catching some fish but odds are that you were going to be doing that anyway! The Dream Boat Challenge has become quite the tradition for rabid fresh and saltwater.....
NJ Files Formal Appeal for Fluke Quota Reductions
by John Toth
There has been so much news about the 19-inch fluke situation that recreational anglers are facing for their 2017 fishing season. While there has been little news about it lately, things have been happening behind the scenes! On March 28th, New Jersey's representatives to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) have filed an appeal requesting this.....
Fluke and Sea Bass Seasons Slated to Open
by Paul Haertel
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council met on 4/13 and set the sea bass regulations for this year. The season will open on 5/26 and extend through 6/18 with a ten-fish bag limit at 12 ½”. The season will then be closed through 6/30. It will reopen on 7/1 and extend through 8/31 but with a two-fish limit at 12 ½”. It will then be closed through 10/21. The season will then reopen on 10/22.....
President's Reportby John Toth
In my President's column, I refer to a number of ongoing issues that are of interest to you. More detailed accounts of them are in other sections of this newsletter. Please refer to them. As I write this column, we are in a "holding pattern" with the 19-inch fluke situation. At the request of DEP Commissioner, Bob Martin, our representatives to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) filed an appeal of the ASMFC's decision to.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Summer Flounder
Summer Flounder has consumed much of my time the past few months. In one week, I met with John Bullard and Sam Rauch acting director for NMFS. John Toth covered the John Bullard meeting in his column. I had a good 2 ½ hour conversation with Sam Rauch about summer flounder, black sea bass and the Marine Recreational Statistical Survey. Since he met with Commissioner Martin.....
Black Sea Bass
Paul Haertel included an update of the Council decisions in his column. I received a press release about the increase in the commercial quota on Good Friday. It will be interesting to see what happens in the May 10 meeting. I am looking forward to a proposed increase in the recreational quota as well. I made this an explicit request at both of my meetings. What I stated to both.....
Concerns on Cuts to EPA
There are two articles below talking about the proposed cuts to EPA and the denial of climate change by the Executive Branch and the new EPA Director. The letter from New Jersey’s politicians is by-partisan to fight these cuts. The impact on New Jersey’s environment would be devastating, both for the health of all the citizens and our quality of life. The other release is from 17 Republican.....
Endocrine Disruptors
This is another topic I have been bringing to your attention for what seems like forever. I first got involved when I realized that endocrine disruptors were having the same impact on the fish population as Agent Orange was having on the soldiers who served in Vietnam. I have continued to give you articles about the impact on fish populations and how endocrine disruptors affect their sexual reproduction, changing males.....
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.....
Samples Taken to Find Out Extent of Pharmaceutical Pollution in Hudson
by Scott Fallon, Asbury Park Press
Scientists are taking samples of the Hudson River this month in an ambitious plan to measure how much pharmaceutical pollution gets washed into the waterway during heavy rains and to pinpoint its source. Anti-depressants, blood pressure medicine, decongestants and other medicines already have been detected in the Hudson in preliminary preliminary samples. The latest round of.....
Are Your Sperm in Trouble?
by Nicholas Kristof, N.Y. Times
Let’s begin with sex. As a couple finishes its business, millions of sperm begin theirs: rushing toward an egg to fertilize it. But these days, scientists say, an increasing proportion of sperm — now about 90 percent in a typical young man — are misshapen, sometimes with two heads or two tails. Even when properly shaped, today’s sperm are often pathetic swimmers, veering like drunks or.....
Former N.J. Governor’s Unite to Push Environmental Initiatives in Washington
by Alyana Alfaro, Observer
A bi-partisan group of former New Jersey elected officials on Tuesday announced that, despite differences in politics, they were joining together to push environmental advocacy issues in Washington, D.C. The group — which includes former Governors Tom Kean (R), Christie Whitman (R), Jim Florio (D) and Brendan Byrne (D), as well as former Democratic Congressman Rush Holt and former.....
ASMFC Spring Meeting
Monday May 8
8:00am – Noon Climate Change Work Group
1:00 - 2:30pm Atlantic Herring Section
2:45 - 5:15pm American Lobster Management Board
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
National Fishing & Boating Week
June 4–12, 2017
NF&BW Free Fishing Days in New Jersey are June and October, 2017. The first FREE day in NJ is on June 10, 2017. This day is part of the National Fishing and Boating Week which highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing to enhance peoples' quality of life and to preserve our country's natural beauty. The second Free Fishing Day will occur after fall trout trout stocking, October......
Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary Proposal
by Ken Warchal
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council met at the Icona Golden Inn, Avalon, N.J. for three days this past week. A proposal to designate a large area of the ocean surrounding Hudson Canyon was heard on Wednesday. The proposal was made by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The WCS is a huge, worldwide conservation group with assets of over $1 billion based at......
LoBiondo, Colleagues Introduce Republican Climate Change Resolution
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) joined with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06) and a group of House Republican colleagues in introducing a resolution that calls for using American innovation to improve environmental stewardship. LoBiondo co-sponsored......
Report on Meeting with John Bullard
by John Toth
John Bullard, Administrator, U.S. Department of Commerce, holds an important position in the decision-making process concerning fishing management issues. He has on many occasions took positions that went against the best interests of recreational anglers. On April 3rd, he hosted a meeting at the Manasquan Reservoir Visitor's Center with representatives from the recreational community......

Calendar of Events

April 25th - JCAA General Meeting
May 8th-11th - ASMFC Meeting Week
May 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
May 21st - Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
May 30th - High Rollers Raffle drawing at JCAA Office
May 30th - JCAA General Meeting at JCSA Building
June 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
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