JCAA Newsletter

October 2018
13 Artificial Reefs in Federal Waters Finally Cleared of Traps
by John Toth
Background: A number of readers may be under the impression that the 13 artificial reefs in federal waters off New Jersey’s coast have already been cleared of commercial traps. Others may have totally forgotten about this issue. Other readers may not even know that it was a problem since removing commercial traps off 15 of New Jersey’s artificial reefs has taken over 12 years.....
Trouble Comes to Town
by Capt. Paul Eidman, Forage Fish Committee Chair
This past week our waters, specifically the NJ/NY bight off of Sandy Hook NJ, had some visitors that we have not seen in a very long time. Omega protein Inc., the Atlantic menhaden (Bunker fish) processing giant, decided to take advantage of the calm seas and steam 250 miles north from Reedville, VA up to our waters. I am sure that the presence of whales and pictures and.....
Say No to the Transfer of our Bluefish Quota to the Commercial Industry
by John Toth
It seems to me that we always have challenges to our rights as recreational anglers. We have onerous regulations imposed upon us like black sea bass that has a 230% biomass, yet we can only catch two of them from July1st to August 31st. Now, there is an effort by the Atlantic Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Council (MAMFC) to transfer more of.....
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner November 11th
by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 11th, 2018 we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. Again, the dinner will be held at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant from 4:00-8:00PM. Tickets this year are $80.00 per person and $650 for a table of 10. There will be a cocktail hour with a cash bar and a full course meal. To reserve your tickets, call Dan Miller at.....
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.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
As the weather is starting to change and fishing seasons opening or closing, I hope everyone had a great and safe summer. There are a lot of things that have been happening that could affect the recreational fishing community. I hope all of you are following the issues by all different media sources. JCAA has been trying to build an email alert system for things like this. If you want to.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Fisheries Update
In 1986, when I took over as vice president of JCAA, I decided we needed a newspaper or newsletter to replace our usual postcard announcing an upcoming meeting. In the 32 years the JCAA Newspaper has developed into a source of information for everyone concerned about the marine resource. We don’t talk about just recreational fishing, we talk about the.....
MAFMC and ASMFC to Hold Public Hearings for Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) are soliciting public input on a draft amendment to address several potential changes to the management of the commercial summer flounder fishery, as well as modifications to the fishery management plan (FMP) goals and objectives for summer flounder. Ten.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2018 Kid’s Wish’n to go Fish’n
The 2nd Annual “Kid’s Wish’n to go Fish’n” For Special Needs Children will be held at Ponderosa Estates Farms Lake Julianna, Millstone Township, NJ. We already have our “Play HOOK-e” veterans and member clubs of JCAA registered to come out again and help the special-needs youngsters fish. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10:00 am till......
Windmills are Coming to New Jersey in a Big Way
by John Toth, JCAA 1st Vice President
On July 9th, I attended a meeting in the Municipal Building at Belmar hosted by the NJ DEP and the Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM), a federal agency that is involved in determining windmill placements. Both of these agencies explained that Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order mandating that he wants to see 3,500 Megawatts of energy produced by windmills.....
Report on Windfarms
by Paul Eidman, JCAA Board Membe
Back in May, I attended my first public meeting about the offshore wind farms planned for the waters off New Jersey’s Coast. Little did I know I was entering into new and uncharted waters and I needed to ramp up fast just to keep up with the pace that all of this was happening at. Despite hearing discussions about offshore wind power in New Jersey years ago, I thought the issue was.....

Calendar of Events

September 25th - JCAA General Meeting
October 2nd - MAFMC Meeting Cape May NJ
October 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
October 22nd-25th - ASMFC Annual Meeting NYC
October 30th - JCAA General Meeting
November 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 11th - JCAA Sportsperson Dinner
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