JCAA Newsletter
October 2010
19th Annual NJ Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament - October 3rd, 2010
by Paul Smith, Tournament Committee
The Annual Governorís Surf Fishing Tournament (GSFT) is held at Island Beach State Park, NJ on Sunday, October 3rd 2010. Approximately 1,000 anglers of all ages annually enter this tournament. This event is one of the most popular surf fishing contests for the individual angler on the East Coast. The tournament is sponsored by the New Jersey.....
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Sportsperson-of-the-Year Awards Dinner
by Paul Turi, co-chairman
Mark your calendar for November 14th, the night of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association annual Sportsperson-of-the-Year Awards Dinner. Now is the time to buy your tickets. It is one of our major JCAA fundraisers. It takes place on Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club, RT. 70 & River Rd, Point.....
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JCAA Press Release: Operation Tack Back NJ
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
On September 25, 2010, between 10:00AM & 2:00PM, Operation Take Back NJ is sponsoring an opportunity to dispose of your unwanted or expired drugs in an environmentally safe fashion. The web page states that, ďThe mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey (NJ) Division Operation Take Back NJ is to.....
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President's Report by Mark Taylor
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer. With that being said itís time for everyone to get more involved with the issues that face us. I will be asking for more people to step up and be even more active in this organization. There are many different ways that you can get more active in JCAA, as an individual or a club. Please attend the.....
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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Striped Bass
On July 22nd ASMFC held a Striped Bass hearing in Toms River. The message I received loud and clear from the audience was no different than the email messages I received from striped bass fishermen from up and down the coast. This message is status quo. There were many concerns with the health of the Chesapeake Bay......
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I have included the summaries of the important votes from the ASMFC meeting in August. I always learn new lessons when dealing with governing bodies. I am accustomed to dealing with legislative bodies. Every time a law is passed, some interpretations will change the original intent. I have supported bills that were well-intentioned but in the.....
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Last year after the weakfish stock assessment was approved through peer review, we decided we needed to take action. By any form of stock assessment, this stock is in dire shape. Even though strong management measures were in place for 15 years, the stock began to reverse itself and go in a negative direction. If this was a stock managed.....
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Shad and River Herring
New Jersey had real concerns about the new addendums to the shad and river herring plans. Because of the way the plan was worded, we realized that many of the river herring runs in New Jersey would be closed and some of the shad runs as well. Because the plan clearly states that if you donít have a management plan in place that can prove the runs are.....
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Oil Spill: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
BP, the government, the states of Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama have declared victory. They want us to believe that all is well, we should come enjoy the beaches, go fishing and spend money. Our attention span may have moved on as well. However, those of us who deal with the fishing industry know the impact is just being realized. We donít know.....
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ASMFC Summer Meeting Week
Weakfish Management Board - The Weakfish Management Board met to discuss a number of issues related to the implementation of Addendum IV, and also review the state biological sampling plans for 2010. All states have implemented the requirements of Addendum IV, which include a 100 lb commercial trip limit and bycatch limit.....
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ASMFC & MAFMC Joint Meeting
I attended the joint meeting of ASMFC and MAFMC on August 18. There were increases in summer flounder and scup but black sea bass remains status quo for the third year. Because of the lack of data on scup and sea bass for the last 20 years, the SSC was very conservative in their recommendations for the quota on these two stocks. It.....
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New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
On behalf of the JCAA, I attended an August 23rd meeting of The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) and the following issues were discussed: NJOA Chairman, Anthony Mauro, reported that Governor Christie signed into law a new Bow Hunting bill. At the strong urging of the NJOA, this bill was sponsored by Senators Van Drew and Orho, and.....
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Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Youth Education Support
During the months of June, July, and August the JCAA supplied fishing equipment, aquatic information, and HOFNOD materials to the Monmouth County Association of Retarded Citizens, Fort Monmouth Outdoor Recreation/School Age Services and supported Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, Rutgers University, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, with.....
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Groups Promote Sustainable Fisheries through Cooperative Research
Partnership for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science
The Partnership for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science (PMAFS), a multi-state, multi-institutional partnership formed in 2008 to address urgent scientific issues limiting successful management of the summer flounder fishery, has been making the most of the $1 million in federal appropriations supporting research in 2010. PMAFS members including.....
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Attack on Shimano = An Attack on Us All
by By Doug Olander, Sport Fishing Editorís Blog, 8/18/2010
You probably know Shimano as a manufacturer of high-quality fishing rods and reels. What you don't know about Shimano is that - even though its fishing division needs abundant marine resources to prosper - the company is actively engaged in an all-out war to destroy our oceans! No doubt you're as shocked as I was to learn that. But it's.....
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Calendar of Events

September 28th - JCAA General Meeting
October 3rd - Governorís Surf Fishing Tournament
October 10th - JCAA Board Retreat
October 15th - JCAA Board Meeting
October 25th - JCAA General Meeting
October 25th - ASA Summit
November 7th-11th - ASMFC Annual Meeting
November 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 14th - JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner

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

MNatural 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 stockís 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

= 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