JCAA Newsletter

October 2019
JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
By Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
On Sunday, November 10th, 2019 we will be having our annual Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. It will be held at the beautiful Martell’s Water’s Edge, 125 Bayview Ave, Bayville, NJ from 4-8pm. Tickets again this year are $80 per person and $650 for a table of 10. To reserve your tickets, contact Dan Miller at 609-641-7821 or blueangray@comcast.net. For dinner we will be starting.....
JCAA Position on Striped Bass Addendum VI
by Paul Haertel
Below is the letter that JCAA sent to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regarding Draft Addendum VI to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. All individuals interested in striped bass are encouraged to submit comments regarding this addendum. The final date comments will be accepted is October 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Comments may.....
Report on Stockton University Conference on Windmills
by John Toth
On August 16th, I attended this “Time for Turbines” conference that was held at Stockton’s campus in Atlantic City, an all-day event and attended by people who support the windmill projects off our coastline. Many company representatives who want to receive contracts associated with the building of them were also in attendance. Approximately, 150 to 200 people were.....
Fishing the Offshore Wind Foundations off Sandy Hook in 2024
By Capt. Paul Eidman
Last month, New York announced the award of two offshore wind projects that will provide 1,700 megawatts of power – enough to power 1 million homes – to the state. One of the developers, Equinor, owns the rights to develop offshore wind power in a lease area in the New York bight, approximately 15 miles south of Jones Beach, Long Island and 17 miles east of Sandy.....
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......
President's Report by Mark Taylor
The fall season is upon us and with that New Jersey’s Fluke (summer flounder) season has come to an end and the surf / boat fishermen are gearing up for the fall run of striped bass to start. A reminder that on Oct 1st the seabass bag limit increases to 10 and the tautog (blackfish) bag limit don’t increase to 5 until Nov 16th. I mentioned in many previous JCAA Newsletters, if you would like.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
New Recreational Numbers Causing Problems
In a previous edition I discussed the impact of the new recreational numbers that NMFS is using. We saw the recreational summer flounder catch numbers greatly increase to the point that the commercial fishery was given a 49% increase. At the same time the recreational sector, which had a 4-year average of 15% under what we could catch, saw no increase. The new numbers.....
Traveling Man
October will be a busy month for me and many others. I will be attending three meetings; the Joint Meeting of ASMFC and MAFMC, Marine Fishery Advisory Council, and the Annual Meeting for ASMFC. I will miss the ASA Summit in Washington State since the date conflicts with another meeting. There will be some major decisions made at 2 of these meetings and recommendations.....
Striped Bass
I attended the three Striped Bass hearings in New Jersey. It was interesting to hear what people had to say. What I found upsetting was how self-protective anglers were for their own vested interests. There was a complete disregard for the data about hook and release mortality. Hook and release mortality on striped bass is the largest factor in recreational mortality. As an example, the catch.....
I am just starting to look at the materials for the upcoming joint meeting. There are concerns about bluefish and other species. I will be reporting on these meetings in the next newspaper. It would help if a member of your club is able to listen in and report to you directly. It would also help if you review the materials, the power points and the audios that are posted after.....
78th ASMFC Annual Meeting
Everyone is focused on striped bass at the Annual Meeting but there will be many other issues discussed as you can see from the agenda below. We will need to deal with the fact that Virginia’s menhaden reduction fishery is ignoring the cap on the harvesting in Chesapeake Bay. The cap on the catch of menhaden in the Chesapeake was created to protect the forage species that striped bass.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2019 JCAA Youth Education Award
Liz Jackson, NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife, was selected by the JCAA Youth Education Committee to receive the 2019 Youth Education Award. We received the following nomination from Sue Rothermel, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen Clubs. “I am pleased to nominate Ms. Liz Jackson for your 2019 Youth Education Award. Liz is committed to promoting and creating the practices that.....

Calendar of Events

October 7th-10th - Joint ASMFC & MAFMC Meeting
October 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
October 15th-17th - MAFAC Meeting Silver Spring
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