JCAA Newsletter

December 2017
Super 50-50 Raffle
by Don Marantz
Our Super 50-50 tickets are still on sale. Tickets are $10.00 each. This will be an all cash prize. There will be three winners. Tickets can be obtained by calling the office and tickets will be mailed to you or see your club rep. We also sent out tickets by mail just recently. You can also pick them up and the November General meeting. The drawing will take place in December, so there is plenty of.....
New JCAA Fluke Tournament Director Position Open
The JCAA is seeking a person who will manage its JCAA Fluke Tournament in 2018. 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 promotional material to tackle shops and.....
Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series back in Linwood!
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will return to the Linwood Country Club (500 Shore Road, Linwood) on Saturday, February 24. The host of the 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. presentation will be George Poveromo – of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the NBC Sports Network, and Contributing Editor for Salt Water Sportsman. Nick Honachefsky, a noted writer.....
President's Report by John Toth
We all had a good time at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner that was held on November 12th at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. We had an attendance of 149 anglers and guests at this dinner that started at 4:00 p.m. with tasty appetizers and followed by choices of fish, chicken and prime rib dishes. Congressman Pallone stopped by to say how.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2017 JCAA Youth Education Award
This year the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs received the 2017 Youth Education Award at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. We appreciate all the hard work that the members of NJSFC do to teach our young people about NJ HOFNOD, conservation and protecting the environment. Jerry Natale accepting the award on behalf of Federation President Ray......
Joint ASMFC & MAFMC December Meeting
by Tom Fote
The December joint meeting of the ASMFC & MAFMC agenda is posted at MAFMC web page. It is at the Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. The agenda is below. The summer flounder portion will take place on the 12th and the ASMFC will probably propose an amendment to the plan. Black sea bass and bluefish will be on the 13th. It is important that.....
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 12th we held the JCAA Sportsperson-of-the-Year dinner to honor this year’s Sportsperson-of-the-Year, Tom Siciliano. Also being honored at the dinner was the NJ Federation of Sportsmen Clubs for the JCAA Youth Education Award. On behalf of JCAA I’d like to thank all those who attended the dinner to honor Tom Siciliano and the New Jersey State Federation.....

Calendar of Events

November 28th - JCAA General Meeting
December 12th-14th - ASMFC & MAFMC Joint Meeting Annapolis MD
December 14th - JCAA Board Meeting
December 26th - JCAA General Meeting
January 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
January 30th - JCAA General Meeting
February 24th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series
February 28th-March 4th - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 16th-March 18th - Saltwater Expo at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison NJ
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