JCAA Newsletter

June 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.....
Omega Protein’s Reduction Fishing on the Ropes
By Capt. Paul Eidman
Scapegoating ecosystem overfishing by the largest reduction fishing operation in the US, Omega Protein (parent Canadian Company Cooke Inc.), attempts to justify their unsustainable fishing practices by attacking the conservation messenger. Responding to an editorial by Doug Olander in Sport Fishing Magazine, Omega Protein once again attempts to distract the public from their reckless.....
Debunking the Offshore Wind EMF Barrier Myth
By Capt. Paul Eidman, Kyle Kingman
The topic of offshore wind development in New Jersey waters has created three main groups of people: Those all for clean, responsible, and affordable renewable energy growth, those against it for any and all reasons, and the silent majority who are waiting to see regardless of the outcome, and pretty much fine with either as long as their bills don’t rise too much. I'd like to focus.....
Increased Funding for Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD)
by John Toth
Background: The JCAA, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA), and the NJ Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs have been lobbying legislators for many years, perhaps 10, to pass the HOFNOD bill (Hooked on Fishing and Not on Drugs). In September of 2012, it finally received legislative approval. The purpose of HOFNOD is to get kids and young adults, especially from high crime city.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
It’s time to enter the 25th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament. The date of the tournament June 15th is fast approaching. Don’t wait to the last minute to enter because that is when you may not fill out the entry form correctly. Make sure you enter the Calcutta’s you want and don’t forget the Largest Fluke Category because this does happen. Remember also, the entry fee is $150 until June.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Striped Bass Update
As you can see in the press release below, there is a new striped bass benchmark stock assessment. There was much discussion about how to proceed and it was decided to do an addendum first. In August there will be further discussion about an amendment to the striped bass bill which will consider many of the states’ concerns. The addendum will look at whether we do another reduction.....
Atlantic Striped Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment Finds Resource Overfished
ASMFC Press Release, May 1 2019
The 2018 Atlantic Striped Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing relative to the updated reference points defined in the assessment. Female spawning stock biomass (SSB) was estimated at 151 million pounds, below the SSB threshold of 202 million pounds. Despite recent declines in SSB, the assessment indicated the.....
ASMFC Coastal Sharks Board Approves Changes to Recreational Measures for Atlantic Shortfin Mako
ASMFC Press Release, May 2 2019
The Commission’s Coastal Sharks Management Board approved changes to the recreational size limit for Atlantic shortfin mako sharks in state waters, specifically, a 71-inch straight line fork length (FL) for males and an 83-inch straight line FL for females. These measures are consistent with those required for federal highly migratory species (HMS) permit holders under HMS.....
Secretary of Commerce Appoints Three New Committee Members to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
NOAA Fisheries, May 1 2019
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed three new advisors to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, bringing the group’s membership to the full complement of 21. Terms for the three members commence immediately. The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, or MAFAC, advises the Secretary of Commerce and NOAA on all living marine resource matters that are.....
Enviros Fault Army Corps’ Plan for Defending NJ Back Bays from Rising Seas
By Jon Hurdle, NJSpotlight.com, May 9 2019
Environmental groups faulted some of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ latest ideas for defending New Jersey’s back bays from the devastation of sea-level rise and the bigger storms that are expected to come with climate change. In March, the Corps proposed measures including sea walls and storm-surge barriers, as well as nature-based programs like building up coastal.....
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

May 28th - JCAA General Meeting
June 8th - JCAA Board Meeting
June 15th - JCAA 25th Annual Fluke Tournament
June 20th - JCAA Tournament Awards Presentation

No General Meeting in July & August

June 30th - JCAA General Meeting
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