JCAA Newsletter

July 2018
JCAA 24th Annual Fluke Tournament
by Paul Turi, Office Manager
The JCAA 24th Annual Fluke Tournament will take place on Saturday, August 4th and the Awards Presentations will take place on Thursday, August 9th at the Clarion Hotel on Rt. 37 east in Toms River, NJ. In this edition of our newspaper there is a four-page insert advertising our fluke tournament. Contained within that insert is an application. You can fill that out and either mail or fax it to our.....
HRFA Nominates Arnie Ulrich for the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Award
There is no other more deserving person than Arnie Ulrich for the JCAA Sportsperson of the year award. This HRFA member has been a super-active participant from the year he joined in 1979! Arnie has held every office except treasurer including the maximum three years as our leader and president. Probably most importantly, he has served as our membership secretary for many years and.....
High Roller Raffle Winners
by Paul Turi, Office Manager
At our May General Membership Meeting on May 29th, the following winning tickets for our 2018 High Roller Raffle were drawn:

1st - Kristen Breeze – Jessie James 6-Man Striped Bass Charter
2nd - Louis Salvagno – 6’ Star handcrafted rod & Canyon reel
3rd - Joe Bonicky - $500 Gift Certificate from Fisherman’s HQ.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
Sorry I didn’t have a column in the June Newsletter. I will try not to let this happen again. On May 29th we had the Annual High Roller Raffle which was drawn in the JCAA office. We had a few people there to witness it and thank you for taking the time to attend. I want to take the time to congratulate all the High Roller Raffle Winners and thank you for your continuing.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
As you can see in the press release below, there are two public hearings in New Jersey about bluefish. Last month’s newspaper had the press release from the Commission meeting. In the January 2018 JCAA Newspaper, I wrote an article on this topic. I have reprinted that article below. JCAA will be voting on a position on the scoping document at the June 26th meeting. We will.....
Modern Fish Act of 2017
I have great news. Both Senator Menendez and Senator Booker have signed as co-sponsors of the Modern Fish Act of 2017. All recreational anglers should thank them. Now it is time to begin working with the House of Representatives. Every seat in the House of Representatives will be voted on in November. JCAA will be writing a letter asking all of our current Congressmen and the.....
Striped Bass
Al Ristori wrote in his new blog about comments I made in the JCAA Newspaper in 2002. When you read the article, check out what is in bold. I predicted what would be happening with striped bass in 2018. Sure enough, there have been a number of 50-pound striped bass caught. So far, I have not been able to catch one of those 50 pounders this year but some people have. But there is.....
Looking at 2002 JCAA Newspapers
While trying to find the article Al Ristori referenced from 2002 in his new blog, I came across other interesting articles that I could easily have written for this month’s newspaper. Rather than rewriting, I am including these articles from 2002. It is amazing how relevant they are today. People ask me how they can learn about what was happening in fisheries management in the past. If you want.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
HOFNOD Team Leader Training
On July 28-29, 2018, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a 2-day Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) training for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered community and/or faith-based organizations looking to offer an ongoing or year-round youth fishing, conservation, and aquatic education program. The training location is at Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural......
Florida May Soon be Known as the Salmon State
by John Toth
Most of us know about the harmful effects of aquaculture of farm-raised fish in pens off coastal waters. However, there is a new aquaculture for salmon that is land-based! I read an article about it in the Asbury Park Press (April 13, 2018) that I would like to share with you. This is not some theoretical idea of land-based aquaculture, but one that is already in operation in Denmark.....

Calendar of Events

June 26th - JCAA General Meeting

** No JCAA General Meetings in July & August **

July 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
August 4th - JCAA Fluke Tournament
August 9th - Fluke Tournament Awards Presentations
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