JCAA Newsletter

December 2019
JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
By Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
All too often, people who do so many things to promote, enhance and protect the sport of salt water fishing are not recognized. The purpose of the annual Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) dinner is to recognize the contributions of these individuals who devote their time, energy and resources (often financial) to support salt water fishing, especially in New Jersey. The people.....
ASMFC Presents Thomas Fote with Prestigious Captain David H. Hart Award
ASMFC News Release
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission presented Thomas P. Fote, New Jersey’s Governor Appointee to the Commission, the Captain David H. Hart Award, its highest annual award, at the Commission’s 78th Annual Meeting in New Castle. Mr. Fote has admirably served the State of New Jersey and the Commission since 1991 when he replaced Captain David Hart as New Jersey’s.....
Public Access
by George Brown
We are working on helping shape the new public access regulations. One of the first things we need to have is a clear-cut definition of what is public access and the requirements for providing that access. This baseline is built on existing laws, regulations that were proposed before the Christie administration, court cases, the Federal agreements, the State and towns signed for beach.....
Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series Ready for Atlantic City
Ticket sales have been brisk for the February 8, Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series at Resort Casino Hotel, in Atlantic City. Hosting the 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. event will be George Poveromo, Host of George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing on the Discovery Channel. Nick Honachefsky will serve as co-host, a noted writer, author, TV personality and New Jersey.....
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. If you can make the November meeting.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Striped Bass Update
There was a major shift at the Striped Bass Board Meeting. We realized that by using a slot fish without conservation equivalency would put undue hardship on some of the states. New Hampshire would have an 88% reduction, New Jersey would have an over 40% reduction and Massachusetts would also have an over 40% reduction. The Striped Bass Board did pass the slot.....
Letter to Sectary of Commerce
When the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to issue a non-compliance order to Virginia, there was some comparison to the New Jersey issue. When the ASMFC voted New Jersey out of compliance, you did support that action. These issues are completely opposite. New Jersey was not asking for more fish or a softening of the regulations. We were just asking to implement.....
History of NOAA
Roy Miller is presently the ASMFC Governor’s Appointee from Delaware but was formerly the Delaware Fish & Wildlife representative to the ASMFC. He is also a past recipient of the David Hart Award. Roy was reading my article from last month’s JCAA Newspaper where I discussed the forming of NOAA and sent me an email that he had found a site that went into the whole.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
BHSFC Visit IBSP Nature Center
Liz Jackson received the 2019 Youth Education Award at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner located at Martell’s Water’s Edge, Bayville, NJ. Liz was nominated by the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen Clubs and selected by the JCAA Youth Education Committee. Liz also received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Jerome Townsend, Constituent Advocate.....
Gov. Murphy & V.P Al Gore Announce that NJ will More than Double its Offshore Wind Power Commitment
by Capt. Paul Eidman
Today, Governor Phil Murphy took a major step forward for clean energy in New Jersey by signing an Executive Order to more than double the state’s offshore wind commitment. Joined by former Vice President Al Gore, Governor Murphy increased the state’s offshore wind goal to 7,500 by 2035 - enough to power over 3 million Garden State homes and create thousands thousands of.....
DEP Establishes Environmental Resources Working Group to Achieve Offshore Wind Energy Goals for NJ
State of NJ DEP Press Release
As part of Governor Murphy’s newly expanded goal of reaching 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind generation by 2035, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will lead a newly established working group of fishing and conservation groups to provide guidance to the Administration’s overall strategy and approach to achieving its offshore wind goals, New Jersey DEP.....
Nominations Sought for New Recreational Electronic Reporting Task Force
NOAA Fisheries News, 11/20/2019
NOAA Fisheries and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the new Recreational Electronic Reporting Task Force. This Task Force will provide expert advice to MAFAC, and subsequently NOAA Fisheries Leadership, on the generation, delivery, and use of electronically reported data from private recreational.....

Calendar of Events

November 26th - JCAA General Meeting
December 9th-12th - Joint ASMFC/MAFMC Meeting
December 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
December 17th - JCAA General Meeting
January 9th - JCAA Board Meeting
January 28th - JCAA General Meeting
February 8th - Salt Water Sportsman Seminar Series
February 13th - JCAA Board Meeting
February 25th - JCAA General Meeting
February 26th-March 1st - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 13th-15th - Saltwater Expo
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