JCAA Newsletter

February 2019
JCAA 25th Anniversary Fluke Tournament - June 15th
by Paul Turi, Tournament Director
This year will be the 25th anniversary of the JCAA Fluke Tournament. When we started this tournament 25 years ago, we held the tournament in the middle of June every year. For our anniversary tournament this year we have decided to move the tournament back to June. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 15th and the Awards Presentations will be held on Thursday, June 20th.....
JCAA 2nd Annual Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar
by Paul Haertel
On Saturday, February 16th, 2019 the JCAA will be holding its second annual all you can eat Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar. The event will be held at the Forked River Tuna Club located at 18 Bay Av., Forked River, NJ. Doors will open at 5 PM with seminars beginning at 6 PM. Come in early to look around the club, have a drink, socialize and check out our silent auction prizes. At 6 PM.....
JCAA Seeks New Members – Open House Feb-26
by Paul Haertel
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is seeking new member clubs as well as associate (individual) members. For the first time ever, JCAA is opening its general membership meeting to those who may be interested in joining or learning more about how JCAA operates. The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on February 26 at the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Club located at 385 Herbertsville.....
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
As 2018 has come to end and the start of 2019, it’s that time of the year for new officers to be elected to lead this great Association. First, I would like to take this time to thank all of the 2018 Officers for working so hard and countless hours for this Association plus being a huge asset to me. It was an honor to be your 2018 President and I will always work hard to make this Association the.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Government Shutdown and its Effect on Fisheries Management
It is hard enough to manage fisheries by itself without having to deal with a government shutdown. The ASMFC meeting will go on as scheduled in mid-February because we are not under the same rules and regulations that govern the MidAtlantic Fisheries Management Council. The second week in February there is a MAFMC meeting scheduled that will be impacted by the shutdown even if it is.....
Windmill Question Response
I received an email from a commercial fishery advocate and harvester who is upset and surprised at the NWF press release quoting my support for windmills which is shared by JCAA. The JCAA position on renewable energy was developed in the 1990’s. We recognized then that the ocean temperatures were getting warmer and the way we produced energy contributed to the.....
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......
Asbury Park’s North End - Beginning of a New Error
by Capt. Paul Eidman
If you haven’t been to Asbury Park in a while, you would be shocked to see the direction things are taking. Yes, AP has had its challenges over the years, but as of late, it seemed to all be coming together. I for one was truly looking forward to the new open-minded Asbury, same old place, with down to earth people of all ages, varieties, and classes, forming a stew of liberal coolness, all.....
Request for a New Recreational Fishing Roundtable Meeting
by John Toth
On April 3, 2017, John Bullard, the former Regional Administrator of the Greater Atlantic Regional Office, held a Roundtable Meeting to hear firsthand the problems facing recreational anglers. I recorded the major issues that emerged from this meeting, and I sent an April 6th letter (below) to John Bullard as a follow up to this meeting requesting the next steps for resolution of.....
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Calendar of Events

January 29th - JCAA General Meeting
February 5th-7th - ASMFC Winter Meeting
February 9th - Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series NJ
February 14th - JCAA Board Meeting
February 16th - JCAA 2nd Annual Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar
February 26th - JCAA General Meeting
February 27th-March 3rd - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 15th-17th - Saltwater Expo
June 15th - JCAA 25th Annual Fluke 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