JCAA Newsletter
September 2011
New JCAA Fluke Tournament Director Position Open
The JCAA is seeking a person who will manage its JCAA Fluke Tournament in 2012. 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......
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Sportsperson-of-the-Year Dinner
by Paul Turi, co-chairman
Mark your calendar for November 13th, 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 13, 2011 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club, RT. 70 & River Rd, Point......
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President's Report by Eileen Smith
Summer is fast coming to an end. Remember, there is no General Membership Meeting in August. Our next General Membership Meeting will be on September 27th. The 20th Annual State of New Jersey Governorís Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at Island Beach State Park. The Tournament is a great.....
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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
ASMFC Meetings Overview
I attended the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Week and the Joint Meeting for ASMFC and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. Motions and summaries from the Commission and the Council are below. Here are my thoughts on what took.....
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ASMFC Summer 2011 - Meeting Summaries
The Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board reviewed Draft Addendum III, which contained management options to reduce fishing mortality up to 40% and provide increased protection for the stock when it is concentrated and vulnerable. The Draft Addendum was initiated due to increased concern over declining catch and abundance.....
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Press Release: ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Approves Draft Addendum V for Public Comment
Alexandria, VA Ė The Commissionís Atlantic Menhaden Management Board has approved Draft Addendum V to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden for public comment. The Draft Addendum proposes establishing a new interim fishing mortality threshold and target (based on maximum spawning.....
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Joint Meeting of MAFMC & ASMFC
Move that the sum of the commercial and recreational ACLs be set equal the ABC of 35.55 mil lb in 2012 (commercial ACL=19.59 mil lb + recreational ACL = 15.96 mil lb). The recreational-ACT be set as 15.96 mil lb and the commercial-ACT be set as 19.59 mil lb in 2012. For 2012 the commercial landings level will be 18.95 mil lb and a recreational.....
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Press Release: ASMFC Bluefish Board Approves Draft Addendum I for Public Comment
Wilmington, DE Ė The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Bluefish Management Board has approved Draft Addendum I to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Bluefish for public comment and review. The Draft Addendum proposes a coastwide sampling program to improve the quantity and quality of.....
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JCAA Letter on Marine Debris Bill
Dear Chairman LoBiondo and Ranking Member Larsen:
On behalf of the 75 fishing clubs represented by Jersey Coast Anglers Association and our associate members, we would like thank you and the other members of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation for including H.R. 1171, The Marine Debris Act.....
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Drug Waste Harms Fish
Consumers who flush unwanted contraceptives down the drain have long been blamed for giving fish more than their fair share of sex organs. Drugs excreted by patients can also taint rivers, even after passing through wastewater-processing facilities. But evidence is accumulating that the effluent coming from pharmaceutical factories could.....
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Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Rod, Reel, and Material Support
During June, July and early August the JCAA Youth Education Committee was busy supplying JCAA member clubs and organizations with a variety of fishing/crabbing equipment to promote marine sport fishing. Throughout the summer several organizations have borrowed fishing equipment and learning aids to teach youngsters about the joys of.....
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Development of Alternative Energy
by Bruce Freeman
Over the last two years JCAA has been involved at a number of meetings dealing with so-called alternative forms of electricity generation. These meetings include those hosted by the Secretary of Interior, the Minerals Management Service, wind generation start-up companies, and, most recently, by a company interested in the transmission.....
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Calendar of Events

September 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
September 8th - NJMFC Meeting
September 27th - JCAA General Meeting (No meeting August 30)
October 2nd - Governorís Surf Fishing Tournament
October 11th-14th - ASA Summit New Orleans
October 13th - JCAA Board Meeting
October 27th - JCAA General Meeting
November 7th-10th - ASMFC Annual Meeting
November 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 13th - JCAA 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