JCAA Newsletter

June 2020
JCAA 26th Annual Fluke Tournament
by Paul Turi, Fluke Tournament Director
Due to the Corona Virus, JCAA has moved the date of its annual fluke tournament to Saturday, September 12th and the awards presentations to Friday, September 18th. The good news for this year, among all of the bad news of the day, is that our Awards Presentations this year will be taking place at the Resorts Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. Hopefully, if all goes well with.....
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.....
Public Access
by George Browne
This month’s public access column will be addressing six public access items. We have had some public access success stories this past month. First, public access at Bay Point Condominiums in Point Pleasant Borough has been restored. I am still waiting to hear about the final resolution from DEP, but you can now fish that area along the Point Pleasant Canal. Once informed of the public access.....
Assistance for Recreational Fishing Industry - Adjustments to Fishing Regulations and Seasons
by John Toth
COVID-19 is having a terrible effect on our recreational fishing industry with the for-hire fleet tied up to the docks due to social distancing. The for-hire fleet cannot sail, but that does not stop bills coming in for insurance, dockage and other fees. The following is an email to commissioners who are directly involved in the decision-making process requesting them to change fishing seasons and.....
VICTORY! NJ Governor Murphy Denies All NESE Permits
Clean Ocean Action Press Release, 5/16/2020
Long Branch, NJ – Following the State of New York’s denial of all permits for the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project (NESE), the State of New Jersey also denied all permits for the proposed project. In a letter on May 15, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) stated, “The NJDEP hereby denies the NESE Project applications and the referenced.....
President's Report by John Toth
At the time I am writing this report, I have just learned that Governor Murphy has allowed the for-hire fleet to sail again with certain restrictions! This is such welcome news! The for-hire fleet lost the entire blackfish season during April and the prospect of not being able to sail during the May 22nd opening of the summer flounder season would be so economically devastating for.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
NJ gets 9TH Highest Amount of the 30 Participants but it is Not Enough
We have to thank our Congressional delegation for fighting for New Jersey’s fair share of the $300 million in CARE funds. I know people are not happy with the way the funds were distributed and neither am I. But we are dealing with the House and Senate and politics will be involved. This fund was for states impacted by Corona Virus and not all states were impacted equally. I was told the allocations.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
COVID-19 Angling Ethics
As COVID-19 restrictions ease and we start to make our way back to our favorite fishing areas, let us remember to respect our environment. Over the past several months you might notice several new items of debris in your neighborhood and public spaces. Rubber gloves, wipes, paper masks, and their packaging tossed along walking paths in parks and at beaches. Proper disposal of.....

Calendar of Events

May 26th JCAA General Meeting (Zoom) June 11th JCAA Board Meeting (Zoom) June 30th JCAA General Meeting (Zoom) June 16th-18th MAFMC & ASMFC Joint Meeting July 9th JCAA Board Meeting (Zoom) August 4th-6th ASMFC Summer Meeting August 13th JCAA Board Meeting (Zoom) September 12th JCAA Fluke Tournament (new date) September 18th JCAA Tournament Award Ceremony October 25th Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
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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