JCAA Newsletter

November 2018
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.....
New Jersey Releases Fish Advisories for PFAS
by Kyle Bagenstose, The Intelligencer
The New Jersey DEP has released consumption limits for fish in chemical-laden waterways, including Burlington County’s Mirror and Little Pine Lakes. Pennsylvania counterparts have not put forth such recommendations, despite emails showing them discussing the concern in 2016. When most people think of chemicals in fish, they think of metals such as mercury and lead. But New Jersey.....
Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series in New Atlantic City Venue!
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series 2019 tour will again land in New Jersey, but at a new venue. The February 9 presentation will be held inside the Crown Ballroom of the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel (Two Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City). The host of the 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. presentation will be George Poveromo – of George Poveromo’s World of.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
In a recent newsletter I put out there that we as a community must get more involved to have a voice for something we all love doing. There are constant attacks on the recreational fishing community. You as a recreational user must stay alert and not rely on someone else doing all the work. The larger the numbers of people that are united on an issue and get involved with the issues.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Fisheries Update
Again, there is talk about opening the EEZ for Striped bass fishing and JCAA has not changed its position in 28 years. Keep It Closed! I have a video of a press conference in 1990 with Congressman Jim Saxton, Jay Mann, Al McReynolds (striped bass world record holder 1982-2011) and myself on Long Beach Island explaining why the EEZ should remained closed. This prompted me to.....
ASMFC Recommends EEZ Closure Stay in Effect
by Gary Caputi
At the recent meeting of the Striped Bass Board in Braintree, Massachusetts, the effects of months of intense effort by the recreational fishing community bore fruit. The Board voted unanimously to reverse its original recommendation to the National Marine Fisheries Service to reopen the EEZ to the harvest of striped bass. Just three months ago, if we were asked to.....
JCAA Testimony Before the Congressional Subcommittee on Resources
by Thomas Fote, Legislative Chairman
While attending the congressional hearings on HR 2655, with other members of the recreational and commercial fishing establishments, I was not surprised to hear a spokesman testifying on behalf of commercial fishermen of New Jersey request a 500 lb. per trip bycatch allowance of striped bass in EEZ waters. They assured the committee that this would only be a bycatch taken.....
A Hope for the Future
by George R. Scocca
On December 1 and 2 I attended a meeting called by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) with the purpose of getting coastwide input from the recreational fishing community as to how to approach the future management of striped bass and bluefish. I have gone to many similar meetings over the years, but I have to say that I left this one with the feeling that we are finally going to.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2018 JCAA Youth Education Award
Mike and Debbie Bennett of Boating Education and Rescue (B.E.A.R.), was selected by the JCAA Youth Education Committee to receive the 2018 Youth Education Award. B.E.A.R. was nominated by the oldest fishing club in New Jersey, the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club. Mike and Debbie Bennett, the husband and wife team, are passionate about teaching children about......
Windmills are Coming to New Jersey in a Big Way
by John Toth
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.....

Calendar of Events

October 30th - JCAA General Meeting
November 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 11th - JCAA Sportsperson Dinner
November 27th - JCAA General Meeting
February 9th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series NJ
February 27th-March 3rd - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 15th-17th - Saltwater Expo
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