JCAA Newsletter

November 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.....
What a Mess the New Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Has Caused
by Tom Fote
When there were two separate agencies (the Bureau of Sport Fisheries under the Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries under the Department of Commerce) dealing with marine fisheries, the statistics were separately controlled by each bureau. The Bureau of Commercial Fisheries was looking for accurate catch numbers landed by the commercial fishery.....
Time for Accountability: Omega Protein & Cooke Seafoods Violating the Chesapeake Bay Catch Cap
by Capt. Paul Eidman
Omega Protein recently formally announced that they will exceed the Chesapeake Bay Reduction Fishing Cap of 51,000 MT, undermining conservation in the Chesapeake Bay and directly impacting recreational fishing. The ASMFC should now allow this to stand. Omega Protein is a foreign-owned industrial harvester that sucks up more than 70 percent of the coast-wide menhaden catch.....
Public Access Committee Report
by George Brown
On October 7th there was a public access meeting at the DEP headquarters in Trenton. I attended the meeting on behalf of JCAA and the Berkeley Striper Club. This meeting was the third meeting regarding new regulations that are to be drafted as required by the new public access law signed earlier this year. The two prior meetings with DEP were for different groups of stakeholders.....
Update on the NJ DEP Public Access Meeting Held on October 7th
by John Toth
With the urging of many fishing and environmental organizations, Governor Murphy signed the Public Beach Access Bill into law on May 3, 2019 and it became effective on July 3rd. It codifies the Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) into law and confirms the public’s longstanding right to use our state’s tidal waters and adjacent shorelines. It also provides direction to the New Jersey Department.....
ASMFC & MAFMC Set Specifications for Jointly Managed Species
ASMFC News Release
Durham, NC – The Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board (Board) and Bluefish Board met jointly with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) to adopt 2020-2021 specifications for scup, black sea bass, and bluefish and review previously-implemented 2020 specifications for summer flounder. During the meeting, the Boards and Council reviewed.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
It is important to mark your December calendar for the meeting change of date (Dec. 17th). As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter this change is due to the December holidays falling on a Tuesday. I will need a head count by the November meeting of who is planning on attending the December 17th meeting so the food can be ordered. It is on the meeting agenda for October and.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
BHSFC Visit IBSP Nature Center
Brick High School Fishing Club (BHSFC) traveled to Island Beach State Park Nature Center on October 4th. Tim Brennan, Health & Physical Education Teacher and NJ HOFNOD certified instructor, introduced students to Kelly Scott, Park Naturalist. Kelly gave students a tour of the Nature Center, nature path, and bay/ocean shoreline. Students learned about aquatic conservation.....

Calendar of Events

October 27th - ASMFC Annual Meeting
October 29th - JCAA General Meeting
November 7th - JCAA Board Meeting
November 10th - JCAA Sportsperson Dinner
November 26th - JCAA General Meeting
December 9th-12th - Joint ASMFC/MAFMC Meeting
December 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
December 17th - JCAA General Meeting
February 8th - Salt Water Sportsman Seminar Series
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