JCAA Newsletter

November 2017
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner - November 12
by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 12th, 2017 we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. Again, the dinner will be held at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant from 4:00-8:00PM. Tickets this year are $75.00 per person and $650 for a table of 10. To reserve your tickets call Dan Miller at (609) 641-7821 or email Dan at blueangray@comcast.net. Tom Siciliano has.....
New JCAA Fluke Tournament Director Position Open
The JCAA is seeking a person who will manage its JCAA Fluke Tournament in 2018. This person in this position will promote the tournament with press releases, interacting with tournament sponsors to obtain prizes and recognition in promotional materials, handle promotional mailings to anglers concerning the tournament, distribute promotional material to tackle shops and.....
Draft Amendment 3 Comments
JCAA, October 18, 2017
Dear ASMFC Commissioners,

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) is an association of more than 75 saltwater fishing clubs that represents the position of marine sport anglers, champions their causes and protects their rights in matters pertaining to fishing.....
President's Report by John Toth
JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner will be held at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant on November 12th (Sunday). This is a dinner that is enjoyed by all with good prizes and good food. More importantly, it is an opportunity for us to recognize those individuals who have made contributions through their time and energy to improve in some way the sport we all.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Summer Flounder
From the 10th of October to the 19th of October, I was at the ASA Summit and the ASMFC meeting. It was interesting that at both meetings the big topic of discussion was what New Jersey did on summer flounder. I find it disingenuous that many states are upset that New Jersey did what it was supposed to do. In the last few years, the states at the Summer Flounder, Black Sea.....
ASMFC Summary Reports

ASMFC Approves Amendment 1
Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board
Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2017 JCAA Youth Education Award
The New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen Clubs was selected by the JCAA Youth Education Committee to receive the 2017 Youth Education Award. NJSFC was nominated by the oldest fishing club in New Jersey, the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club. Below is a brief summary of their nomination. The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club is proud to nominate the New Jersey State Federation of......
ASMFC/MAFMC Meeting - Fluke and Sea Bass
by Paul Haertel
We know there are a lot of anglers out there who are very angry with our fisheries management process. There have been many complaints about poor science, mismanagement of certain species and unfair regulations. More specifically, people are really upset about the lower quota on fluke which forced NJ into a reduced bag limit and a season that was shortened by 24 days.....
Canadian Aquaculture Giant Gobbles Up Last American Baitfish Grinder for Fun and Profit
by Captain Paul Eidman
In case you haven’t heard, a multinational fish farming company (Cooke Inc.) has made a deal to purchase Omega protein Inc. and take them into the private sector. While we the ink is not dry on this deal, it is obvious that the American fishing community will not be part of this new portfolio. There is no doubt that new, private ownership will continue to disregard the needs of the.....
2017 Sportfishing Summit Brings Recreational Fishing Industry Leaders Together
ASA Press Release, October 16, 2017
The American Sportfishing Association's (ASA) 2017 Sportfishing Summit, the sportfishing industry's premier networking and business management event, was held October 10-13, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. This annual fall business meeting brought together more than 220 fishing and boating industry and community leaders to provide a venue to discuss the issues impacting recreational.....

Calendar of Events

October 31th - JCAA General Meeting
November 9th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 12th - JCAA Sportsperson Dinner
November 13th-14th - ASMFC Menhaden Meeting Baltimore
November 28th - JCAA General Meeting
December 12th-14th - Joint ASMFC & MAFMC Meeting Annapolis
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