JCAA Newsletter

January 2018
Sea Bass Update – Important NJMFC/ASMFC Hearing on Jan-4 2018
by Paul Haertel
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) will meet at 4 PM on Thursday, 1/4/18, at the Galloway Township Branch of the Atlantic County Library, 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, New Jersey. Then at the same location, at 6:30 PM, our Bureau of Marine Fisheries (NJBMF) in conjunction with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries (ASMFC) will have a public hearing pertaining.....
Summer Flounder Update from ASMFC/MAFMC
by Paul Haertel
On 12/12/17 there was a joint meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) regarding summer flounder. Despite the fact that our coastwide quota will increase from 3.77 million lbs. in 2017 to 4.42 million lbs. in 2018 and the fact that we underfished the recreational harvest limit this year, a motion for.....
JCAA Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar 2/10/18
Paul Haertel
On Saturday, 2/10/18, the JCAA will be holding an all-you–can-eat Beefsteak Dinner along with a fishing seminar. The event will begin at 5 PM and will be held at the Forked River Tuna Club located at 18 Bay Ave, Forked River, NJ. The event will kick off with an update on our fisheries regulations particularly as they pertain to fluke and sea bass. That will be followed by a power point presentation.....
2018 Show Season for JCAA
by Mark Taylor
2018 Atlantic City Boat Show is being held February 28th to March 4th at Atlantic City Convention Center. This is the show you need to be at if you are looking to invest in a new boat. Pick up the show guide book as you enter the show. This will make it easier to navigate through the show. Check out the JCAA ad in this guide. There are a lot of different manufactures present at this show.....
Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series back in Linwood!
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will return to the Linwood Country Club (500 Shore Road, Linwood) on Saturday, February 24. 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 Editor for Salt Water Sportsman. Nick Honachefsky, a noted writer.....
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.....
President's Report by John Toth
The first thing I want to say to you is Happy New Year and may it be a healthy and prosperous one for you and your family members! Not only did 2017 go by fast – it flew! During this year, the JCAA had a nice fluke tournament and especially the Awards Ceremony that I wrote about earlier in this newsletter. We also had an enjoyable Sportsperson of the Year Dinner that honored our fellow.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
There is an old expression, “Don’t poke the bear.” I could not believe that the Council and the Commission were discussing the reallocation of bluefish to go to scoping meetings under an addendum to the plan. This proposed change to the bluefish management plan would reward the recreational community for their conservation by catch and release and their allowance.....
Summer Flounder
This is the same good news/bad news scenario I always seem to report. The good news is the rules put in place throughout the states resulted in a larger reduction than the 30% required. The bad news is that means we did not allow the recreational community to come close to what they could have harvested. This had a dramatic negative impact on the entire recreational fishing.....
Black Sea Bass
Unlike summer flounder, this is just bad news/bad news! Because the SSC still does not like the information that NMFS supplies to set the quotas, the SSC penalizes both the commercial and recreational fishermen for the last of good science from NMFS. Even though we are 215% above the target, we are going to see a reduction in 2018. There was a chance we could stay at status quo but.....
Island Beach - A Sonnet in the Sands
Without Island Beach State Park, my life would be totally different. When I was in the hospital at Fort Dix, my girlfriend took me to Island Beach State Park to fish. I took many family members on trips to Island Beach. I’m a Brooklyn boy and after I got out of the service, I started going to school at Hofstra. But Island Beach State Park kept drawing me to the Jersey shore. My wife and.....
Modern Fish Act of 2017
Every major national recreational fishing group and most of the state fishing groups are supporting the Modern Fish Act of 2017. This is a step in the right direction for managing recreational fisheries. We started as step children in the Magnusson/Stevens Act. NMFS was formed as the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries absorbed the Bureau of Recreational Fishing from the Department.....
Upcoming ASMFC BSB Hearing and ASMFC Winter Meeting Agenda
The agenda for the ASMFC winter meeting is below. There will be many important actions taken at this meeting including action on the black sea bass amendment, striped bass and many other species. While I am at the meeting, I always go on line and watch the webinar. It just makes it easier for me to see the presentations. It is a shame that more people from New Jersey don’t go to.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2017 JCAA Youth Education Award
This year the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs received the 2017 Youth Education Award at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. We appreciate all the hard work that the members of NJSFC do to teach our young people about NJ HOFNOD, conservation and protecting the environment. Jerry Natale accepting the award on behalf of Federation President Ray......

Calendar of Events

January 4th - ASMFC Black Sea Bass Hearing
January 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
January 30th - JCAA General Meeting
February 10th - JCAA Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar
February 24th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series
February 28th-March 4th - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 16th-March 18th - Saltwater Expo at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison NJ
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