JCAA Newsletter

December 2018
Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 11th we held the JCAA Sportsperson-of-the-Year dinner to honor this year’s Sportsperson-of-the-Year, Arnie Ulrich. Also being honored at the dinner were Mike and Debbie Bennett of Boating Education and Rescue (B.E.A.R.), for the JCAA Youth Education Award. On behalf of JCAA I’d like to thank all those who attended the dinner to honor Arnie Ulrich and Mike.....
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
The December JCAA General Meeting will be cancelled due to it falling on December 25th this year. Everyone enjoy the Christmas Season and be safe throughout the holiday season. On November 11th JCAA held its Annual Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. There were just under 150 people in attendance. Congratulations to the 2018 Sportsperson of the Year, Arnie Ulrich, for.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Putting Fisheries Management in Perspective
In light of a good deal of misinformation that is being provided to fishing clubs and anglers in general, I feel that it is important to share some suggestions to clubs that want to get involved in decision making. We need to make fisheries management decisions based on informed science. We need to seek out a variety of opinions and accurate information before we take a public.....
Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass and Scup
Read NOAA’s release below. As it stands now, we will have a slight increase in summer flounder harvest, black sea bass and scup will remain the same for 2019. There will be much more work done on black sea bass and summer flounder when the stock assessment is available and the recreational data is synthesized. We should have that information by early .....
A Little Bit of History
Last month’s newspaper had a history less on from 1995 on what JCAA did to keep the EEZ closed for striped bass fishing. I have been cleaning my office and found a DVD that had the video of the signing of the striped bass game fish bill at the JCAA meeting in 1991. I will make copies available to all the clubs. I also found two articles from 1995 that were important to New Jersey’s environment.....
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Specs
NOAA Press Release, November 15, 2018
NOAA Fisheries proposes 2019 catch limits for the summer flounder and black sea bass fisheries and maintains the 2019 scup specifications that were established in 2017. The proposed summer flounder specifications would result in a 16-percent increase in the recreational harvest limit. Due to commercial overages that occurred in 2017, an accountability measure will be applied to.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2018 JCAA Youth Education Award
This year Mike and Debbie Bennett of Boating Education and Rescue (B.E.A.R.) received the 2018 Youth Education Award at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. We appreciate all the hard work that Mike and Debbie do to teach our young people about NJ HOFNOD, conservation and protecting the environment. The couple organized fishing derbies, archery programs, and environmental activities at local parks for school age children and their families. Along with......
Officers Bust 3 for Poaching Striped Bass on Manasquan River
by Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press, 11/16/2018
Three Pennsylvania fishermen were caught in the act of poaching 87 striped bass on the Manasquan River, including 46 undersized bass. One of the men had a prior conviction for poaching striped bass and has had his fishing privileges revoked, according to state Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Larry Hajna. The New Jersey Conservation Officer Association.....
Summary of Presentations on Windmills for Recreational Anglers
by John Toth
On October 18th, I and about 40 other recreational anglers attended a meeting at the Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park to hear presentations on windmills by Zach Cockrun, Director of Conservation Partnerships for the National Federation of Wildlife, and Captain Dave Monti, a Rhode Island charter captain who is very familiar with the operation of the five windmills currently.....
Offshore Wind Power - Fisherman’s Update
by Capt. Paul Eidman
Oct 18, 2018, 35 recreational fishermen attended an informational meeting held by Anglers for Offshore Wind Power at the Langosta Restaurant in Asbury Park, NJ. Fishermen listened to a summary of wind-farm development plans scheduled for New Jersey, and Rhode Island charter captain Dave Monti presented to share his experiences with the Block Island Wind Farm through.....

Calendar of Events

November 27th - JCAA General Meeting
December 13th - JCAA Board Meeting
JCAA December General Meeting to be decided January 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
January 29th - 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