JCAA Newsletter

April 2019
JCAA 25th Anniversary Fluke Tournament - June 15th
by Paul Turi, Tournament Director
On March 11th and March 12th tournament entry forms were mailed out to past entrants of the tournament. Our online system through Eventbrite is now up and running. From our website (JCAA.org) click the secure on-line entry link at the top of the page. There are several ways to enter. You can use the mailed Express Entry Form, online through our website, download an entry form.....
ASMFC & MAFMC Set Summer Flounder 2019-2021 Specifications
Virginia Beach, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) approved revised specifications for the 2019 fishing season and set new specifications for 2020 and 2021. The revised specifications are based on the results of the 2018 benchmark stock assessment, which found the stock is not overfished.....
Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations Pending
by Paul Haertel
At the joint ASMFC/MAFMC meeting on March 6, members of the council and the ASMFC’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board voted for status quo measures for fluke for the 2019 season. At a previous meeting they had also voted for status quo measures for sea bass. New Jersey and other states are restricted to only making slight changes from their.....
Update on Offshore Wind Forum with Recreational Anglers
by John Toth
This forum was held on March 6th at the Ocean County Library and scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. It was hosted by Paul Eidman, Anglers for Offshore Wind Power, and Helen Henderson from the American Littoral Society. In attendance were representatives from windmill developers: Equinor, Orsted, and EDF Renewables/Shell. Approximately 50 anglers were also in in attendance. The.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
There are a few species and issues on the radar that the recreational community should be concerned about. We all need to pay attention to the issues on what the size and catch limits options that are being proposed. We can’t rely on only a few voices but we must be there in many voices to get the fair share of the resource or access. We at JCAA attend many meetings each month to get the.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
28th Annual Governor's Cup
Get ready to enter the largest surf-fishing tournament along the Jersey Shore. This year, it will be bigger and better than ever. The 28th Anniversary of the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Don’t miss a day of family fun! Pick up a brochure about the tournament at Island Beach State Park or at your favorite tackle tackle dealer. Remember admission to......
Summer Flounder, The “Never Ending Saga”
by Tom Fote
Over the years I have walked out of many fisheries meetings shaking my head and wondering what just happened. Usually within a week or two I get a better sense of what drove the decision or not. Two weeks ago I attended the joint meeting (ASMFC and MAFMC) and it was among the most frustrating and perplexing I ever attended. I have thought I had seen everything that could happen......
Fishing by the Numbers
by Dan Radel, Asbury Park Press
New Jersey saltwater fishermen took 4.3 million fishing trips in 2016. That breaks down roughly to 183,000 trips on for-hire boats, 2.3 million private boat trips and 1.7 million shore-based excursions such as surf or jetty fishing. That is about 26,000 more trips than fishermen made in 2015, however, it's down from 7.2 million trips in 2007. New Jersey ranked ranked third in the country behind......

Calendar of Events

March 26th - JCAA General Meeting
April 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
April 29th-May 2nd - ASMFC Meeting Week
April 30th - JCAA General Meeting
May 9th - JCAA Board Meeting
May 18th - 18th IBSP Fun Day
May 19th -Governor Surf Fishing Tournament
May 28th - JCAA General Meeting
June 15th - JCAA 25th Annual Fluke Tournament
June 20th - JCAA Tournament Awards Presentation
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