JCAA Newsletter

July 2017
JCAA 23rd Annual Fluke Tournament
by Paul Turi
The JCAA 23rd Annual Fluke Tournament will soon take place on Saturday, August 5th and the Awards Presentations will take place on Thursday evening, August 10th at the Clarion Hotel on Rt. 37 east in Toms River, NJ. Registrations start at 3:00PM and the presentations will start at 7:00PM. Early entry fee is $130 by July 24th. After July 24th the entry fee is $160. This year we.....
Temporary Mobile Sport Fishing Vehicle Advisory Island Beach State
Piping Plovers, an endangered species of shorebird, have nested in Island Beach State Park’s Southern Natural Area. Under federal law, the Plover is listed as “threatened” and as such, IBSP is required to close this area to vehicle traffic when the eggs are expected to hatch. Consequently, on Friday, June 23, 2017, a section of beach will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic. The vehicle barrier.....
JCAA High Roller Raffle 2017
by Don Marantz
The High Roller Raffle drawing took place in our office on May 30th and the following are the list of winners and the prizes won:

Pat Sheehan – Jersey Nutz Six Man Charter (6 hour striped bass weekday charter) Value $850.....
President's Reportby John Toth
On May 21st, I attended the Governor's Surf Tournament at Island Beach State Park and I always look forward to this event because I see so many anglers (young and old) having such a good time! This tournament is sponsored by the JCAA along with the NJ Federation of Sportsmen's Club, the NJ Beach Buggy Association (NJBBA) the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and the NJ Division of Parks and.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Summer Flounder
This has been the spring and summer of the never-ending summer flounder story. As this paper goes to press on Tuesday, I will be on a conference call later that afternoon with NOAA defending New Jersey’s position that the summer flounder regulations in place are consistent with the requirements of the Amendment. Yes, we took a novel way to meet those requirements by trying to.....
Black Sea Bass
It is my experience that the longer the meeting day, the more likely we are to make decisions that we eventually regret. The black sea bass decision at the May ASMFC meeting is a good example. There were reasons this happened. First, we were looking at a stock that is 230% above where it is supposed to be and still have not figured out how to deal with increasing the quota. Second, there.....
NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife Web Page
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife web page is a valuable of information for any fresh water or saltwater angler and the hunters of New Jersey. You can find out all the current regulations and a wealth of other information like the alert on the temporary closure of an area to Mobile Sport Fishing Vehicles on IBSP. That alert is below. You can also sign up to get alerts when.....
Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Tautog
The notice for the NJ ASMFC Tautog hearing is below. There are some interesting changes proposed so please read them and make your comments. The hearing is at 6:30PM which is the same night as the JCAA general meeting at our office in Toms River. If you are a JCAA Club representatives stop by before you go to the meeting so you can discuss it at the meeting.
States Schedule Hearings on ASMFC Tautog Draft Amendment 1
Arlington, VA – The states of Massachusetts through Virginia have scheduled hearings to gather public comment on Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Tautog. The details of those hearings follow. The Draft Amendment proposes a fundamental change in tautog management, moving away from management on a coastwide basis towards regional.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
Many thanks to World Jeep and the volunteers that transported disabled anglers from the pavilion area to the beach and assisted anglers with fishing. This tournament offers more opportunity for family and youth fishing. This was the first year tournament promoters decided to incorporate high school and NJ HOFNOD group fishing teams. The new youth group divisions worked......
Should Big Pharma Pay for Drug Take-back Programs?
by Ken Serrano, app.com, May 24, 2017
Abby Boxman lost her mother in 2008, due to bad health brought on by years of opioid abuse. Then came Boxman’s son. After using opioids recreationally, 21-year-old Justin Boxman died of a heroin overdose in 2011. Abby Boxman didn’t just grieve. The Howell woman launched a website at justinthebox.org that educates the public on how to dispose of surplus medications.....
It's a Short! Release that Summer Flounder Alive for the Next Angler
by Matthew Heyl, June 7, 2017
Have you ever been on a party boat just to hear the mate say "it's a short" or on a jetty surrounded by inquisitive people just to tell them "it's a short." It something anglers say and hear all too often these days. With summer flounder regulations what they are, many more shorts are being caught and released than ever before…but are those fish surviving to be caught another day? The answer is.....
A Day on a Recreational Fishing Survey Site Assignment
by Elizabeth Lange, May 23, 2017
I wake up early to prepare for my Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) site assignment. The survey targets recreational saltwater anglers to obtain information about their fishing effort, catch and participation in marine recreational fishing and about the demographic, social and economic characteristics of those who participate in saltwater recreational fishing in United States.....
Traps Off the 13 Artificial Reefs in Federal Waters & 2 New Ones
by John Toth
Federal Waters - In the JCAA's December 2016 newsletter, there was extensive coverage of the December 12th Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAMFC) meeting that voted to approve making the 13 artificial reefs in federal waters as Special Management Zones (SMZ's). This was the culmination of a hard fight by the JCAA, NJOA, NJ Federation of Sportsmen's.....

Calendar of Events

June 27th - JCAA General Meeting
June 27th - Tautog ASMFC Hearing in Trenton
July 13th - JCAA Board Meeting

No JCAA General Meeting in July

August 1st-3rd - ASMFC Meeting Week
August 5th - JCAA Fluke Tournament
August 8th-10th - Joint ASMFC & MAFMC Meeting
August 10th - Fluke Tournament Awards Presentations
August 10th - JCAA Board Meeting

No JCAA General Meeting in August

September 14th - JCAA Board Meeting
September 26th - JCAA General Meeting
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