JCAA Newsletter

May 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 at.....
2019 Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations Finalized
by Paul Haertel
At their meeting on 4/16/19 the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council voted to change the fluke season by one day from what it was in 2018. This was done so that the season could open on the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend. This year’s season will begin one day earlier and end one day earlier. No other changes were made to our fluke regulations and our sea bass regulations will remain.....
JCAA Statement on Offshore Drilling
Press Conference Statement, 3/22/2019
I am speaking to you today as a board member of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association and as a small business owner of Reel Therapy fishing charters right here in Monmouth County. I fish these waters right behind us. In addition to JCAA’s mission to protect recreational fishing, we have also always had a commitment to protecting the marine environment from any negative impact. Anglers.....
Request Governor Murphy to Sign Public Access Bill
by John Toth
In 2015, the Hackensack Riverkeeper won an appeal of the NJ DEP’s Public Access Proposal since it would have stripped back protections for the Public Trust Doctrine. This Doctrine, an ancient concept from, even Roman times, held that a government body holds tidally lands in trust for the public to use and enjoy. In short, our beaches.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
JCAA will be having its Annual High Roller Raffle drawing on May 9th at 7:30PM. If you had stopped by one of the shows or flea markets that JCAA was at and purchased a ticket or two, JCAA and the people of the recreational community thank you for your support. If you haven’t got any tickets time is running out and if you have tickets that were mailed to you get them back to the JCAA.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Summer Flounder
My friend Al Ristori, who has an archive of every fishing document that ever came into his possession, gave me a letter from 1977 when Al served on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. It deals with summer flounder. As he gives me more of these documents, I will share them with you. It is interesting to note how much larger the recreational catch was in relationship......
Striped Bass
I would imagine many of you will be listening in during the striped bass board meeting by webinar. It should be an interesting meeting. It has come to my attention that there will be people calling for emergency actions, addendums or amendments. I wrote an extensive article on striped bass that was in the March JCAA Newspaper. I have put an excerpt below but the entire.....
Draft Agenda for the ASMFC Spring Meeting
Monday, April 29
1:00 – 5pm American Lobster Management Board

Tuesday, April 30
8:30 – 10am Atlantic Herring Management Board
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. The Hooked On Fishing-Not On Drugs, Youth Fishing Challenge is Saturday, June 8, 2019. It is being held on the first of the state's two Free Fishing Days, Saturday, June 8, when no license is required to fish regardless of age. "Hook-A-Winner" Program.....

Calendar of Events

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

No General Meeting in July & August

July 9th-12th - ICAST
July 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
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