JCAA Newsletter

September 2006

JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner/Dance
It’s getting to that time of year again. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association will be hosting its annual “Sportsperson-of-the-Year” awards dinner/dance as a fundraiser on Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. at the Crystal Point Yacht Club, RT. 70 & River Rd

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15th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY ENTRY INCENTIVE If your entry form is postmarked by September 9, 2006 you will: 1.SAVE $5.00 on adult registration fee!  2. BE ELIGIBLE for special prizes only to pre-   registrants on tournament day! 3. AVOID DELAYS – You will receive prior registration verification to avoid delays on the morning of the Tournament........

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President's Report by Bruce Smith

A delegation of ten JCAA past presidents and current Board of Directors members attended the recent joint ASMFC / MAMFC Fluke, Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Meeting in Philadelphia on August 2nd.  Several of them spoke to express the position of our member clubs .....

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Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Summer Craziness

Most people believe very little happens in the summer regarding fisheries management.  This summer has certainly been an exception.  In early August the Joint Monitoring Committee for ASMFC and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council met to set quotas for 2007.  We went........

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The craziness continues at the weakfish meeting.  Unlike summer flounder where recruitment has been lousy for the past few years, weakfish has very good recruitment.  There are many small fish but they seem to disappear.  The ASMFC Weakfish Management Board.......

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Spiny Dogfish Meeting

There is a summary of the meeting included below.  Sometimes the irony is so clear.  When we talk about summer flounder, we are discussing harvesting about 20% of the biomass.  The current proposal is for 5 % of the biomass as the quota......

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Tautog Board Meeting

There is no good news on tautog either.  The stocks are not rebounding even with the strict management measures in place.  My feeling is that the illegal fishery for the live fish market is what is destroying the stocks.  Until we make the penalties ..............

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ASMFC Meeting Week - Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board

The Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board met order to discuss the next steps in the development of the Draft Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks.  After receiving a summary of public comment on the Public Information Document, an update on results from the 2006 Large Coastal Shark stock assessment, and ........

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ASMFC Meeting Week - Tautog Management Board
Arlington, VA – The Commission’s Tautog Management Board approved the development of Draft Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The Draft Addendum will propose the establishment of new biological reference points (target and threshold limits for biomass and fishing mortality) to define stock rebuilding goals........

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ASMFC Meeting Week - Atlantic Menhaden Management Board
Arlington, VA – The Commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board has approved sending forward for public comment Draft Addendum III to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The Addendum proposes the establishment a five-year ........

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Weakfish Management Board
The Weakfish Management Board met with two main goals: (1) receiving new information from the Weakfish Technical Committee and (2) determining the next steps for advancing Draft Addendum II to Amendment 4 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Weakfish......

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Dear Chairman Smith and Chairman Pate:As you prepare to jointly finalize management measures for the 2007 summer flounder fishery, we are writing to express our concerns about potentially drastic cuts that could have dramatic impacts on New Jersey’s fishermen.......

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Saxton Letter to William Hogarth, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Dear Dr. Hogarth,I am writing to respectfully request NOAA Fisheries undertake a Magnuson-Stevens Act Section 304(e)(7) review of the summer flounder management plan and recommend any needed changes identified by the review to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council......

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JCAA Report on the Joint Meeting of the MAFMC & ASMFC To Set 2007 Specifications for Summer Flounder, Sea Bass, Scup, Bluefish
The question of the summer flounder quota for next year was not really decided at the joint meetings of Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) Management Board at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia. .....

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Dear Council Members and Commissioners.I could not believe my ears when I was told that NMFS is proposing a reduction of the summer flounder quota to 5.2 million pounds for 2007.  This all stems from a target that was set when the plan was first put in place.  That original target was based on poor science and little understanding of ecosystem management.  I have been told by scientists that .....

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Landings to be Reduced in 2007

During their meeting last week in Philadelphia to adopt 2007 fishery management measures, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards.....

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Oral Congressional Testimony on Opening of EEZ

I would like to thank Congressmen Gilchrest, Saxton and Pallone for an opportunity to discuss this important species.  I have been before this committee a number of times in the past to talk about this issue and many other issues.  I have been involved as a commissioner and proxy for a commissioner on the ASMFC from 1990 until 2005 and probably have the longest involvement of anyone on this panel in the management of striped bass.  It has been over 30 years.....

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Youth Education Report - by Greg Kucharewski
Take a Veteran Crabbing at the Jersey Shore

The JCAA Youth Education Committee and members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 12, will present a crabbing seminar for veterans and their families at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2006, VFW Post 8867, 373 Adamston Road, Brick, NJ.  A crabbing day is also scheduled on Saturday.....

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Helping our Military Families
The JCAA Youth Education Committee and the Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 12), and volunteers from the Army Community Service Center continue to provide fishing instruction for over 125 children that attend the Fort Monmouth School Age Services Summer Camp.  The fishing clinics are held at Husky Brook

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Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament

The JCAA Youth Education Committee is helping novice anglers at the Governor's 15th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament, Sunday, October 1, 2006.  This will require extra volunteer hours from member clubs in JCAA.  If members in your fishing club would like to help.....

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Ohio National Youth Sports Program

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Chairman traveled to the University of Toledo to support their National Youth Sports Program NYSP, and Youth Fishing Program.  Over 280 children participated in the University of Toledo’s National Youth Sports Program and celebrated another successful summer recreation program  .....

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NJ Div of F&W Looking for Vendors

Each year, our annual Wildlife Heritage Festival draws in thousands of people.  This great family event includes a fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment flea market, wildlife artists and taxidermists, conservation groups, Division displays, fishing for kids  .....

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When are Other Environmental Groups Going to Step Up to the Plate by Tom Fote

Over the last few weeks I have sent emails about summer flounder to the other environmental groups with whom JCAA usually works.  I have been eagerly waiting for a reply and hoping for some support.  To date I have heard from only two people. ......

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Letter to the Dept of the Interior RE: Renewable Energy and Alternate Use Programmatic EIS Scoping

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association ( JCAA) is writing you with comments and issues that should be addressed and analyzed in the Environmental Impact Statement ( EIS ) your agency is in the process of preparing. These written comments are in addition to those made by JCAA at the May 23, 2006 scoping meeting in Trenton, NJ. These comments are being made on behalf of the 75 fishing clubs represented by JCAA ......

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A Long Poisonous Wait by Alexander Lanes, Star-Ledger Staff

In 1992, a New Jersey appellate court handed down a famously scathing opinion.  For almost two decades ending in 1969, a three-judge panel found, the Diamond Shamrock Chemicals Co. had polluted the Passaic River, illegally and intentionally.  "Diamond's management was wholly indifferent to the consequences," Appellate Division Judge David Baime wrote. "Profits came first." ......

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Calendar of Events
  • September 14th JCAA Board Meeting 7:00PM

  • September 26thth JCAA General Mtg

 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

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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