JCAA Newsletter

July 2019
JCAA New Format Fluke Tournament - August 16th, 17th and 18th
By Paul HaertelEidman
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is pleased to announce that we will be running a second fluke tournament this summer on August 16th, 17th and 18th. We are going to try an exciting new format and see how much interest it generates. For seven years in a row, we have had bad weather or a bad weather forecast on the day of our tournament. Therefore, this tournament will run for three days.....
JCAA 25th Anniversary Fluke Tournament Results
by Paul Turi, Tournament Director
The JCAA 25th Annual Fluke Tournament took place on June 15th and the Awards Presentations took place on June 20th at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River, NJ. On behalf of JCAA I’d like to thank all those who participated in the tournament. I’d also like to especially thank our major sponsors, Yamaha, Starcraft, ICOM, The Fisherman Magazine, Fuel Ox, Tica and Costa Sunglasses. I’d also.....
JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
By Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 10th, JCAA will be holding its annual sportsperson of the year awards dinner to honor this year’s sportsperson of the year. The event this year will be held at Martell’s Water’s Edge in Bayville, NJ. Tickets are $80 per ticket and $650 for a table of 10. There will be a cocktail hour and a cash bar along with a full course meal. There will also be a tricky tray.....
Public Access Bill Update
by John Toth
With the urging of many fishing and environmental organizations, Governor Murphy signed the Public Beach Access Bill on May 3, 2019. This law becomes effective on July 3, 2019. The Public Access bill codifies the Public Trust Doctrine into law. This Doctrine states that the tidal waters are held in trust by our State for the benefit of the public. The bill confirms the public’s longstanding right to use.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
On June 15th the weather started out sunny with the wind increasing as the day went on during the 25th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament. The participants got out early to try to catch the fluke of a lifetime before the winds became too strong and the drift too fast. Some of those that were lucky or skilled enough were able to catch some keepers but everyone I talked to mentioned that they had a lot.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Bluefin Tuna
There are two notices below that were sent out about the upcoming hearings on new management measures for bluefin tuna. The first notice is the update on the meeting in Toms River. The original press release had an earlier meeting date but contained more information about what is going on. Please read both notices. In the original notice the comment period ends on July 31 but the meeting.....
Striped Bass Update
I do not have any new information since I wrote the article for the June newspaper so I have included it below. New information for the August 6th -8th ASMFC Summer Meeting will be posted at the ASMFC web page on July 27. The supplemental materials should be posted by August 1. I will try to send an alert when they are posted. The meeting will be on August 8 beginning at.....
ASMFC Summer Meeting - August 6-8, 2019
The Westin Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia
Preliminary Agenda: The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon at the meeting. The final agenda will include additional items and may revise the bulleted items provided below. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for scheduled Board meetings. The Commission may adjust this agenda.....
Update to Scoping Meeting Schedule for 3 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Actions
Second notice with a date Change
NOAA Fisheries has updated the scoping meetings schedule for actions evaluating possible revisions to measures implemented under the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fisheries Management Plan. The meeting in Toms River, NJ, which will feature a discussion of bluefin tuna management measures, will now take place on July 30, 2019 at.....
Amendment 13 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Bluefin Management Measures
Notice by NOAA, 05/21/2019
NMFS announces its intent to prepare an environmental impact analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the availability of the Issues and Options Paper for Amendment 13 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (Issues and Options Paper). This notice announces the start of a public process for determining.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
Everyone had a great time at the 28th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament and there was plenty of action on the beach for the Toms River South High School Fishing Indians that took first place for the high school division. The school team was sponsored by NJBBA. Paul Harris and other NJBBA members along with their teachers taught students about fishing and conservation.....
Your Sunscreen May Kill Coral Reefs. What Should You Do?
by Julia S. Wilburn
Coral reefs are the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. They have existed for over 400 million years and give shelter to thousands of animal species. Today, coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. Ongoing climate change is responsible for the death of approximately 50 percent of the world coral in the last 30 years. According to scientists, it’s not only the climate change......

Calendar of Events

June 30th - JCAA General Meeting

No General Meeting in July & August

July 9th-12th - ICAST
July 11th - JCAA Board Meeting
August 6th-8th - ASMFC Summer Meeting Week
August 16th-18th - New JCAA Fluke Tournament
September 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
September 24th - JCAA General Meeting
October 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
October 29th - JCAA General Meeting
November 10th - JCAA Sportsperson Dinner
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