JCAA Newsletter

April 2018
NJ Regulatory Update: Blackfish, Porgy, Fluke and Sea Bass
by Paul Haertel
At the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) meeting on 3/15/18, regulations for blackfish and porgies were set. For blackfish, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) required our state to reduce our harvest by 2%. Our council accomplished this by shortening our one day season by two weeks and reducing our bag limit from six fish to five fish.....
27th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament - Sunday May 20, 2018
by Tom Fote
The 27th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament (GSFT) will take place in Island Beach State Park (IBSP), NJ on May 20, 2018. This event is one of the most popular surf fishing contests for the individual angler on the east coast. It is sponsored by Jersey Coast Anglers Association, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, NJ Beach Buggy Association, NJ Division of Fish.....
JCAA Upcoming Events
by Don Marantz
Sunday, April 29th, 2018. Free to all disabled veterans. 9:00Am to 2:00PM. There will be a free BBQ, door prizes, free rigs & bait and loaner rods & reels. This free event will be hosted by Vito Cardinale of Cardinale & Associates at Lake Julianna on the Ponderosa Estates Farm in Millstone Township, NJ. To register, contact Greg Kucharewski at 732-785-9278 or email.....
In Memory of Noel Angelucci
A good friend to JCAA, Noel T. Angelucci of Washington Township, passed away suddenly on March 14, 2018 at age 58. Noel proudly served in the US Army and was President of the Fortescue Anglers Club, Representative to the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Member of the Bluefish Advisory Panel of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council, Member of the New Jersey Outdoor.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
I am currently at the Saltwater Fishing Expo in the JCAA Booth writing my monthly article. It has been a very busy month since the last issue. There was a meeting on porgy, seabass, blackfish and summer flounder (fluke) regulations which Past President Paul Haertel was there representing JCAA. Paul did a great job summarizing what went on at that meeting which is.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
NOAA Recreational Summit & ASA Government Affairs
I will miss another JCAA General Meeting since I will be in Arlington, Virginia attending the NOAA Recreational Summit and the ASA Government Affairs Meeting from March 25th-29th. It will be interesting to meet with the new head of NMFS and the new head of the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. At the ASA meeting one of the hot topics will be the Modern Fish.....
Black Sea Bass
I could not attend the ASMFC meeting in February since I was on vacation with a 5-hour time difference. But I did listen to the discussion on black sea bass. It was interesting to hear the northern states complain about how they were picked on. I could not sit and listen without thinking that it was refreshing that New Jersey was not the center of discussion. Instead there was.....
Clean Water Action 32nd Summit - April 28th
As some of you know, I am a member of the Board of Clean Water Action. Lynda and I have been sponsors of this Summit for many years. It is a great opportunity to learn about different topics. I have listed the topics for the workshop below. You notice I am moderating one about contaminants in water. As you can see from the three articles in this newspaper, this continues to be.....
Good News: Some Contaminants in Fish are Dropping
Below is a press release on the relaxing of some fish advisories in New Jersey. This has only been accomplished by the hard work of EPA, NJDEP, environmental groups and the fishing organizations working together to clean up the waterways. That means taking on the polluters and making them pay for remediation. This is the scary part of what is going on with EPA in Washington. We need.....
NJ and Delaware Ease Consumption Advisories for Certain Fish Caught in Lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay
NJ DEP Press Release, 2/20/2018
The Department of Environmental Protection has eased consumption advisories on certain fish species caught in the lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay, an indication of improving ecological conditions as levels of contaminants decline, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. Among the key changes include removing all advisories for weakfish for both the general.....
Fisheries: Senate Panel Advances Bill to Aid Sports Anglers
by Rob Hotakainen, E&E News, 2/28/2018
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today approved a key bill that would give sport anglers more access to federal waters. A Senate panel today approved a key fisheries bill that would give sports anglers more access to federally controlled waters while making it easier for regulators to extend rebuilding schedules for threatened fish stocks. On a voice vote.....
Most Sunscreens Can Harm Coral Reefs. What Should Travelers Do?
by Elaine Glusac, NY Times, 2/19/2018
The coral reefs around the Turks & Caicos Islands are a major tourist attraction, and Mark Parrish is trying to make sure the visitors he takes there don’t kill them with cosmetics. He co-owns Big Blue Unlimited, a tour operation that guides snorkeling, kayaking and other adventurous excursions around the islands. The company’s website states that, “Big Blue will ONLY ALLOW.....
What Poisons are in Your Body?
by Nicholas Kristof, NY Times, 2/23/2018
Our bodies are full of poisons from products we use every day. I know – I’ve had my urine tested for them. But before I get into all that, let’s do a quick check for poisons that might be in your body. Choose all the products you have been exposed to in the past month: Canned food, Hard plastic water bottle, Register receipts, Colgate Total toothpaste, Sunscreen, Liquid soap.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
27th Annual Governor's Cup
Get ready to enter the largest surf-fishing tournament along the Jersey Shore. This year it will be bigger and better than ever. The 27th Anniversary of the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Don’t miss a day of family fun! Pick up a brochure about the tournament at Island Beach State Park or at your favorite tackle dealer. Remember, admission to the park......
Atlantic City Boat Show Experience
by John Toth
I volunteered to work at the Atlantic City Boat Show on March 2nd to sell JCAA raffle tickets and pass out our newsletters to those who expressed interest in the JCAA and answer their questions. It was a stormy day with winds up to 70 mph and driving down to AC and back to my home was somewhat of a challenge and holding on tightly to the steering wheel was necessary! On that day.....
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.....

Calendar of Events

March 26th-March 27th - ASA Government Affairs
March 27th - JCAA General Meeting
March 28th - NOAA Rec Summit
April 7th - Opening Day for Trout
April 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
April 24th - JCAA General Meeting
May 1st - ASMFC Spring Meeting Week
May 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
May 20th - Governors Surf Fishing Tournament
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