JCAA Newsletter

September 2019
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JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
By Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 10th, 2019 we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. This year the dinner will be held at the beautiful Martell’s Water’s Edge, 125 Bayview Ave., Bayville, NJ from 4-8 pm. Tickets again this year are $80 per person and $650 for a table of 10. To reserve your tickets, call Dan Miller at (609) 641-7821 or email Dan at blueangray@comcast.net. As of.....
JCAA New Format Fluke Tournament Results
By Paul Haertel
This year, JCAA held a second fluke tournament from Aug-16 through Aug-18 with an entirely new format. More specifically, it was a three-fish tournament with 1st to 5th places being determined by the total weight of each boat’s heaviest three fluke. However, we did have one prize for the heaviest fluke caught in the tournament as well as four different fluke Calcuttas and one for sea.....
Tough Times for Recreational Anglers in New Jersey
by John Toth
As I write this column (August 9, 2019) recreational anglers, tackle shops, party and charter boats are having a very tough time on the fishing scene. To put this in a better perspective, here is an update on what we can fish for: Fluke – we can catch 3 fluke with a minimum size of 18 inches until September 21. Since the season for fluke opened on May 24th, these fish seem to have.....
Striped Bass Addendum VI - New Regs Looming for 2020
by Paul Haertel
In May 2019, the Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board initiated the development of an addendum to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass to consider changes to coastwide commercial and recreational regulations to address overfishing. This Draft Addendum presents background on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s.....
Public Access Update
by John Toth
On Tuesday, July 30th, there was a meeting at the NJDEP offices in Trenton. The meeting was with stakeholders who are public access users and their views on the creation of new regulations required under the new public access law. There was another meeting on August 12th with stakeholders such as towns, marina owners, and others who are responsible for the lands where the.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
As the summer is winding down, I hope everyone enjoyed a safe one. The start of a new school year for the young adults and kids is starting. As for the rest of us, our fishing seasons continue to move forward - and for some species, bag limits may increase or decrease. Make sure you get the correct information from reliable sources. If you didn’t participate in a New Format Fluke.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Striped Bass & Draft Addendum VI Update
Draft Addendum VI is going to public hearings in the states that will be impacted. The dates and times in NJ are in another article in the newspaper. The addendum gives options from staying at status quo or doing another reduction of the striped bass catch. There are several options listed for the recreational fishery. There will also be options for the commercial side. The addendum does not.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Brick High School's NJ HOFNOD
Brick High School Mustangs and Dragons grades 11–12 will begin the second year of classes with NJ HOFNOD in the curriculum. Tim Brennan, Health & Physical Education Teacher and NJ HOFNOD certified instructor, will work with other teachers and introduce students to NJ HOFNOD, safe boating, CPR, science, environmental stewardship stewardship and fishing skills. The JCAA Youth.....
Miscellaneous
Striped Bass: Where Are We Headed
by Tom Fote (reprinted from March Newsletter)
There will be some interesting decisions made on the management of striped bass in the near future. The reason the regulations will be up for discussion is the most recent benchmark stock assessment. Because of the recent government shutdown, the document we discussed at the winter meeting of ASMFC was not the final version. But the draft document stated that we were exceeding.....
Omega Protein is Reduction Fishing off New Jersey Again
by Capt. Paul Eidman
Last year right around this time, September 6th to be exact, Omega Protein Inc. out of Reedville, Virginia, (parent company Cooke Seafood) sent FOUR 200-foot-long reduction ships up to the New York Bight for 2 days. Each one has the holding capacity of 1.5 and 2 million fish each, equally to a total removal of EIGHT MILLION bunker from key waters in the fall, right before our......
Regarding the proposed Natural Gas Pipeline under Raritan Bay
by Capt. Paul Eidman
I sent this letter, personally, to the Governor and entire team at the DEP.

I own and run a small charter fishing business in the exact area that this pipeline is proposed to run through. We fish and enjoy the waters from Old Bridge all the way to the Rockaways. My.....
Call to Action: Angler Engagement with Offshore Wind Developers
by Capt. Paul Eidman
Below is letter sent to the editor at the Asbury Park Press, which is running a cover story called, “An ill wind Blows” in which one-sided opinions of the commercial fishing sector are spoon fed to the public while those of the recreational fishing community are disregarded.

This weekend’s feature article, “An Ill Wind Blows,” missed.....
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

Hearings on Striped Bass Addendum VI
September 3rd - Roselle Park Borough Hall
September 4th - Ocean City Public Library
September 12th - Community Center, Manahawkin

September 17th - JCAA Board Meeting
September 24th - JCAA General Meeting
October 7th-10th - Joint ASMFC & MAFMC Meeting
October 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
October 27th - ASMFC Annual 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