JCAA Newsletter

March 2020
NJ Bluefish and Striper Regulations Set
by Paul Haertel
The highly anticipated New Jersey Marine Council Meeting that decided the fate of our stripers and our striper fishermen was held on 2/13/20. Over a hundred passionate striper fishermen filled the room at the municipal building in Manahawkin to capacity, while many more waited in the hallway or even outside hoping to get in. Many others left after learning they could not get in. First up.....
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.....
JCAA High Roller Raffle 2020 $3000 Plus in Prizes!
by Don Marantz
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 1981. The original objective of the JCAA, that continues today, was to combine a group of marine sportfishing clubs in order to form and promote a united consensus on issues relevant to saltwater anglers in New Jersey. JCAA works to protect the rights of New Jersey's recreational fishermen.....
Winter Show Time
by Mark Taylor
Time is running out for me putting the list of volunteers for the upcoming events that JCAA will be at. In order to have enough people to do things right we need you to help. If you are unable to volunteer to work for the whole day, working half the hours is great too. If you can help contact me ASAP mtsport64@aol.com and put in the subject “Name of the Event". Atlantic City Boat.....
NEW for 2020: JCAA Expansion into the Social Media World!
by Capt. Paul Eidman
To keep up with the pace of this rapidly moving world we need to adopt some new tactics. Plain and simple, we need more angler involvement and boots on the ground! There are so many issues that are on the table right now and always that it’s hard to keep up with it all at times. In order to keep our sport alive, it’s going to require change in the form of increased participation! Yes, we.....
2019 Sponsors List
Grand Prize Sponsors
Starcraft Marine - www.starcraftmarine.com
Yamaha - www.yamahaoutboards.com
Yacht Club Trailers - www.yachtclubtrailers.com
President's Report by John Toth
My first order of business as JCAA’s new president is to Thank our outgoing president, Mark Taylor, for the energy and time he spent to support the JCAA during his two-year term! I think most of you know that with the exception of our office manager, Paul Turi, who keeps our office running smoothly and all of us in line, we are all volunteers who are not compensated while attending.....
Highly Migratory Species Report by Eric Engard
I have volunteered to revive the HMS/Pelagic Report, and the JCAA has graciously agreed. First, a little about myself: I am an avid offshore fisherman, Past Commodore of the Forked River Tuna Club, Representative for the New Jersey Council of Marlin and Tuna Club, and Competition Chairman of the South Jersey Saltwater Anglers. In the next few months, and once I get the lay of the.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
NJ HOFNOD Workshop 2020
The Division of Fish & Wildlife will host a 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) leader training May 15-17, 2020, at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Ocean County. Registration is required and due by May 1, 2020. This workshop is a great learning experience. If you are interested in attending a NJ HOFNOD workshop, please phone or email Liz Jackson.....

Calendar of Events

February 24th - Scoping Hearing #3 Flounder, Scup, Sea Bass Allocation Amendment - Belmar
February 25th - Scoping Hearing #3 Flounder, Scup, Sea Bass Allocation Amendment - Galloway
February 25th - JCAA General Meeting
February 26th-March 1st - Atlantic City Boat Show
March 12th - JCAA Board Meeting
March 13th-15th - Saltwater Expo
March 31st - JCAA General Meeting
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