JCAA Newsletter

February 2018
Sea Bass Update
by Paul Haertel
I wish I had better news to report on the sea bass situation but I don’t. At this point we would be fortunate to stay at status quo regulations but it seems more likely that we will be facing more stringent regulations this year. We won’t know more until after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meets from 2/6 – 2/8 and the Mid-Atlantic Marine Fisheries.....
Draft Addendum XXX - Letter from JCAA to ASMFC
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association appreciates this opportunity to comment on Draft Addendum XXX pertaining to sea bass. Our comments below reflect our stance on the various options included in the addendum. Coast Wide versus Regional Options – We support regional management as the fisheries in the various states/regions are quite different. We believe that regional.....
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
My two-year term as JCAA’s president is coming to a close and it was a very busy two- year term for me! JCAA’s By-Laws limits the president’s term to only two years – what a good By-Law! But seriously, the JCAA is involved in so many issues and I was glad to be a part of them and will continue to be involved in JCAA’s future. At this time, I want to THANK all of JCAA’s Board.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Proposal to Open Atlantic to Drilling
Why is it that every new President, Democrat or Republican, they talk about opening the Atlantic Ocean for drilling? This is a bi-partisan issue. President Obama and now President Trump have both proposed opening the Atlantic coast to drilling. But President Trump’s proposal would also open several sanctuary areas on the West coast as well. If you read the JCAA Newspapers past.....
New Leadership at GARFO
Mr. Michael Pentony is the new Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. I have worked with Mike for the last eight years. He has listened to our concerns and appears to understand our issues. It took John Bullard a long time to understand recreational fishing. At the last Commission meeting he had some important votes for the.....
ASMFC Winter Meeting Week
Here is a partial agenda. To get the full agenda and how to get on webinar go to the ASMFC Webpage. There are many important topics coming up at this meeting. You should get on the webinar for any species of interest and learn about the process. You will not hear my voice at this meeting because I had a prior commitment, but Russ Allen will be my proxy. I will be listening on the.....
NOAA Names Michael Pentony to Lead Greater Atlantic Region
NOAA Fisheries announced that Mr. Michael Pentony is the new Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He will assume his new duties on January 22, 2018. Mr. Pentony has been with the agency since 2002, serving in a series of positions including as the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Sustainable Fisheries.....
Public Hearings in your State on Offshore Oil Drilling
The Trump Administration has offered up oil drilling sites as close as three miles offshore of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Offshore oil drilling puts our coastal economy, environment, and way of life at risk. The Administration is holding a series of public hearings, see details below. We need people to show up and tell the Administration, our elected.....
NJ Congressional Delegation Letter on Off-Shore Drilling
In light of the recent release of the 2019-2014 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program, we write to extend an invitation to you to personally visit New Jersey and meet with some of the people who would be most impacted by the plan. Given your recent meeting with Florida Governor Rick Scott, after which you decided to exclude Florida's coasts.....
NJ Senators, Governor, & Governor-Elect Letter on Off-Shore Drilling
We write in regard to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which as you know is currently working under the approved 2017-2022 Five-Year Program. Following Executive Order 13795 and Secretarial Order 3350, BOEM initiated a new proposed Five-Year Program from 2019-2024 that proposes oil.....
Letter from 37 Senators on Offshore Drilling
We write in strong opposition to your agency's misuse of taxpayer funds and agency resources to issue a draft 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program in the middle of the current 2017-2022 Five-year Plan. This draft proposal is an ill-advised effort to circumvent public and scientific input, and we object to sacrificing public trust, community.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2017 JCAA Youth Education Award
Visit the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, NJ HOFNOD website to learn more about becoming a volunteer with a NJ HOFNOD Team Leader. There are many counties throughout New Jersey that offer NJ HOFNOD programs that are already up and running. Think about becoming a fly tying volunteer, aquatic educator, or just help where needed. Contact a NJ Team Leader today their contact......
Proposal to Sell Farm-Raised Striped Bass in New Jersey
by John Toth
Farm-raised fish is big business around the world as pressure on fish stocks increases due to more people turning to eat fish as a healthier food. A company, Pacifico Aquaculture, is interested in having farm-raised striped bass sold coming from New Jersey's waters. Scot Mackey, representing Garden State Seafood Assoc., arranged for representatives from Pacifico Aquaculture to make.....
Allowing the Sale of Farmed True Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) in New Jersey
Prime Time Seafood and Pacifico Aquaculture partnered to produce delicious, fresh striped bass with year round availability. Our team consists of biologists and seafood industry veterans that set out to farm striped bass in the Pacific Ocean in order to provide a fine product while reducing commercial fishing pressure on the wild stock. Our stripers are ocean raised - true, not hybrid.....
Military Turns to Oyster Reefs to Protect Against Storms
by Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 12/26/2017
MIDDLETOWN — Earle Naval Weapons Station, where the Navy loads some of America's most sophisticated weapons onto warships, suffered $50 million worth of damage in Superstorm Sandy. Now the naval pier is fortifying itself with some decidedly low-tech protection: oysters. The facility has allowed an environmental group to plant nearly a mile of oyster reefs about a quarter-mile off.....
Mid-Atlantic Council to Offer Training Workshops on Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting for the For-Hire Community
NOAA Fisheries, 1/16/2018
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold two workshops in February to help for-hire vessel operators prepare for upcoming electronic reporting requirements. Beginning March 12, 2018, all vessels with Federal charter or party permits for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Council will be required to submit electronic vessel trip reports (eVTRs) while on trips.....

Calendar of Events

January 30th - JCAA General Meeting
February 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
February 10th - JCAA Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar
February 24th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series
February 27th - JCAA General Meeting
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