JCAA Newsletter

February 2020
JCAA 3rd Annual Beefsteak Dinner & Fishing Seminar April 4
by Paul Haertel
On Saturday, April 4th, 2020 the JCAA will be holding its third annual all you can eat Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar. The event will be held at the Forked River Tuna Club located at 18 Bay Ave., Forked River, NJ. Doors will open at 5 PM with seminars beginning at 6 PM. Come in early to look around the club, have a drink, socialize and check out our silent auction prizes. Fishing seminars will.....
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.....
2019 Sponsors List
Grand Prize Sponsors
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President's Report by Mark Taylor
I hope everyone enjoyed a great Christmas, New Year and all other celebrations during that time of the year. As I mention in last month’s JCAA Newsletter, I made phone calls to all the clubs that I had contact numbers for to see who was going to attend the December meeting. After all the phone calls, I made the call to postpone the December meeting because there was not going.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Where we are in 2020 Management
Both ASMFC and New Jersey Bureau of Marine Fisheries are still up in the air on what needs to be done on striped bass and bluefish. As I am writing this article, NJ Marine Fisheries Council and the Bureau of Marine Fisheries have begun the advisory process. They have submitted and will be submitting conservation equivalency on these species. I am not sure what those proposals will be.....
Feb 24th Scoping Hearing #3 - Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial / Recreational Allocation Amendment
The Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and ASMFC will do scoping hearings on the recreational and commercial allocation for these species. This is where history is important. With all the new MRIP numbers, the recreational community has found out that NMFS has been underestimating the size of the recreational fisheries catch numbers. The perfect example is summer flounder.....
MAFMC and ASMFC to Hold Scoping Hearings for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment
MAFMC News Release, 1/7/2020
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment. Hearings will be held February 13.....
Scoping Hearings for Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment
MAFMC News Release, 1/13/2020
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold eleven supplemental scoping hearings to gather public input for the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. The Council is developing this action in cooperation with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in order to (1) update the goals and objectives of the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).....
Looking at Fishing Management History through Archives of the JCAA Newspaper
For many years I have been asked to write a book about the history of fisheries management based on my experience. My wife, the ghost writer, has promised marital issues if I decide to write a book. Every year on vacation, I look for articles in the JCAA Newspaper archives that are as true today as they were when originally written. It is surprising how little has changed in 26 years, for which.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
I received the following from Arnie Ulrich, HRFA: HOFNOD Bill / A5113 / S3457 Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin needs a nudge to Post the bill on the floor of the Assembly. Please Help! Time is running out. We’re not exactly sure when the next Assembly voting day will be. December 16, 2019 the Senate passed the HOF-NOD bill, S-3457, by a 38 to 0 vote. Now it's time to encourage.....
Recreational Fishing is in a Slow Death Spiral in New Jersey
by John Toth
The cover of our JCAA January 2020 newsletter had a headline “Bluefish Disaster NMFS Destroying our Fisheries Again”. This headline says it all! At their joint meeting in December, the Atlantic States Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAMFC) voted for a coastwide standard of only a 3-fish bag limit for private anglers and a 5-fish bag.....
Public Access
by George Browne
This is going to be a long column. There is a lot to report on this month. Since New Jersey Public Law 2019, Chapter 81 (public access law) was signed into law in May of 2019, there have been multiple meetings in Trenton between DEP and various stakeholder groups. As anglers we are one of the stakeholder groups. Both John Toth and I have represented JCAA at every meeting we have.....
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 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 18th - Scoping Hearing Bluefish Amendment
February 24th - Scoping Hearing #3 Flounder, Scup, Sea Bass Allocation Amendment
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