JCAA Newsletter

July 2005

Critical Issues and Upcoming Meetings Club Reps and Members Should Attend
June 28 7:30PM JCAA General meeting
June 28
7:00pmASMFC Public Meeting on Draft Addendum II to Amendment 1 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

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There are still a number of clubs who have not paid their 2005 dues.  This oversight may be due to  “ I thought he already paid it” syndrome, or the JCAA dues invoice somehow got filed in the wrong drawer.  Whatever the reason, please send in your JCAA dues ($50) ASAP.It is important that the JCAA has an expanding membership since........

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11th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament Awards Ceremony by Tom Fote
It was a great night at the 11th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament Awards Ceremony. On Friday, June 17th, the Grand Cayman Ballroom at Trump’s Marina was filled with anglers enjoying a good time. Stacey Dunn the representative from our new port sponsor, Maui Jim Sunglasses, could not believe the excitement and how many people were trying to get into the ballroom to see the show. S........

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Port Winners for Jersey Coast Anglers Association 11th Annual Fluke Tournament by Phil Celmer
The 11th Annual Jersey Coast Tournament was a great success. 930 boats competed in the twelve ports throughout the state. This annual tournament provides funds to help Jersey Coast Anglers Association continue its fight to protect the marine resource and the rights of the recreational fisherman. Bob Baykowski of Jersey City caught........

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Help Needed - Rutgers Study: Mercury in Saltwater Fish
BACKGROUND: In addition to providing valuable recreational opportunities fish are an important part of a nutritious diet. Fish provide high quality protein, while generally being low in fat.  Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial both for fetal and infant development and for adult health.  But some fish contain certain contaminants, particularly mercury and PCBs which can be harmful. Several........

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President's Report   by Bruce Smith

The 11th JCAA Annual Fluke Tournament Awards Ceremony held in the Grand Cayman Room at Trump Marina Hotel Casino on Friday, June 17th   was a festive affair attended by hundreds of anglers and sponsors.The ceremonies started at 8 PM and in less than two hours, 120 port prizes and 100 door prizes and the grand prize Century Boat, Yamaha Motor and LoadRite Trailer were awarded..........

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Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
During National Fishing and Boating Week, members of the JCAA Youth Education Committee and NJ Chapter 12 Vietnam Veterans presented a fishing fun day for children at the Fort Monmouth School Age Services building.  Children learned about “Passport To Fishing and Boating Program” Fish Identification Flash Cards ....

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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote


Members of Jersey Coast Anglers Association attended some of the hearings held to discuss proposals to install windmills off the Jersey shore.  Some members of the fishing community have voiced their opposition without waiting for the proposed rules and regulations to be published.  JCAA has been discussing the possibility of windmills for over a year.  JCAA clearly supports renewable energy  .........

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Menhaden Hearing

As you see from the notice below, there will be a hearing on a proposed addendum to the Menhaden plan.  The heart of the proposal is to cap the menhaden harvest in the Chesapeake Bay.  There have been lengthy discussions of the predator/prey relationships among the species .......

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Summer Flounder Hearing

The proposed addendum to the summer flounder plan is designed to address some of the statistical problems created by using the Marine Recreational Fishing Survey (MRFS).  I support allowing states flexibility in trying to interpret the MRFS data.  This allows the states to average over several .........

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Your JCAA At Work by Tom Siciliano

Tom Fote and I spent a week in Washington, D.C. attending meetings of the American Sportfishing Association and the Marine Fish Conservation Network.  In addition, we attended congressional receptions sponsored by these groups and the one sponsored by NOAA.  While we were there we took the time to visit your legislators.  We met with staff from Senator Corzine’s and......

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Calendar of Events


  • June 25th 9th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival
  • July 7th NJ Marine Fisheries Council Meetings
  • July 20-22 ICAST Trade Show

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 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

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.

= Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey

= 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.

= 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.

= Metric Ton = 2,204.6 pounds

= 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).

= 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

= Spawning stock biomass = total weight of fish which are sexually mature; generally pertaining only to females

= Total allowable catch

= that point where the fishery is regarded as  overfished

Target Values
= that value or below which allows the fishery to be self sustaining

= The total weight of a stock of fish or of a defined subunit of a stock, such as spawning females (SSB)

= 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

= 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.

= 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.

= 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):

= 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

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