JCAA Newsletter

January 2020
2020 Regulatory Update - Stripers, Blues, Fluke, Sea Bass & Scup
by Paul Haertel
Striped Bass - As most of you know, at their October meeting the Striped Bass Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) set the coastwide standard of one fish at 28”-35”. This was in spite of the fact that the clear majority of comments they received from individuals, clubs and organizations favored one fish at 35” or greater. However, conservationally.....
Omega Protein/Cooke Inc. Gets Spanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the ASMFC
by Capt. Paul Eidman
This past Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, issued a decision cracking down on overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay and paving the way for better management of the menhaden fishery. Ross found the State of Virginia out of compliance after foreign-owned Omega Protein willfully violated the fishing cap on menhaden, a key food source for striped bass in the Chesapeake.....
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
I made phone calls to all the clubs that I had contact numbers for to notify and remind them of the change of date for the December meeting. After making all the phone calls and talking to some people and leaving messages with others, I didn’t get enough response back to have a quorum. I made a decision to cancel the December meeting. There will be a January meeting on the 28th and.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Report on December Joint Meeting of ASMFC & MAFMC
For a number of reasons, I did not make the Joint ASMFC/MAFMC meeting in Annapolis. I did listen to most of the webinar. It was really frustrating. Scup: As I pointed out at the August Joint Meeting, I never saw such a crazy proposal with a total disregard for the impact on the recreational sector. Years ago when the scup quota was set up, we were recreational fishing between 26.....
There are two letters below. One sent by 9 Governors to the Secretary of Commerce. This letter included Governor Ralph S. Northam Commonwealth of Virginia and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey asking the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to vote the State of Virginia out of Compliance. The other is from Chris Oliver saying that the Secretary of Commerce did find Virginia.....
ASMFC Winter Meeting 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 in accordance with the.....
Council and Commission Recommend Recreational Bluefish Management Measures for 2020
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Last week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) approved new recreational fishing regulations for the 2020 Atlantic bluefish fishery from Florida to Maine. These measures, which include a 3-fish bag limit for private anglers and shore-based fishermen and a 5-fish bag.....
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.....
NJ Outdoor Alliance Report by John Toth
Report on the NJ Outdoor Alliance’s Caucus with Legislators in Trenton
People who want to have legislators support their cause write letters explaining their issue, call the legislator’s office or sometimes mail petitions to them with the signatures of many people. That’s all fine and good to get the attention of legislators. However, another very effective way in getting legislators to support your cause is to talk to them face-to-face so that they can better understand why.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
NJ HOFNOD Workshops
During 2020, think about becoming a HOFNOD instructor. New Jersey HOFNOD facilitator workshops are hosted by the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and it was well worth the time to learn creative aquatic activities to teach youngsters the importance of becoming environmental stewards. During a 1.5 day program, you can learn about the following activities: Conservation & Experiential.....
NJDEP Establishes Offshore Wind Working Group
by Capt. Paul Eidman
The first meeting of the Environmental resources offshore wind working group meeting was held this past Wednesday evening. In attendance, in addition to myself representing recreational fishing interests, was a very interesting mix of user groups with the majority being members or those voicing concerns of the commercial fishing community, especially those having specific interest.....
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

January 9th - JCAA Board Meeting
January 28th - JCAA General Meeting
February 33r-6th - ASMFC Winter Meeting
February 8th - Salt Water Sportsman Seminar Series
February 13th - JCAA Board Meeting
February 13th-16th - New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo
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