JCAA Newsletter

July 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 column will be short. There is not much going on. First, though, if you have a public access issue, you can email me at publicaccess@jcaa.org. I will need your name and a way to contact you. Please send me the access location and some details about what happened and whether you were denied access, or it was someone you know. We need facts and, if you live.....
Fishing Report: The Good News / Bad News
by John Toth
As president of the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County, I have many responsibilities including recruiting speakers for my club’s monthly meetings. I try to have speakers to give presentations on various topics, but they all have some connection to salt water fishing. Given that we are in the start of the summer flounder fluke season, I invited Dave Lilly to talk at my club’s June.....
President's Report by John Toth
Unfortunately, we are still in the COVID-19 mode that is affecting the way we live and the businesses of our country, especially our recreational fishing industry. The for-hire fleet has to practice social distancing and that has reduced the number of anglers on their boats causing boat captains to raise their fares to turn a profit. Raising fares to go fishing does not put more anglers on boats.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Regulations just for the sake of Regulations
When I say this I mean that we are now putting in regulations that cut back quotas and access for commercial fishermen and anglers for no valid reason. Sometimes I feel like a history professor, constantly reminding people about the reasons for the plans and how fisheries were managed using common sense. Below are articles that deal with what we did in the 90’s for bluefish and.....
The week of June 16 I attended the Joint Meeting of ASMFC and the MAFMC via Zoom. I noticed the sparse attendance of the recreational fishing sectors, both party and charter boats and anglers. The meetings are usually held when it is very difficult for the party and charter boat owners to attend because this is their busy season. The recreational anglers are finally able to fish and they.....
The historical record on scup was a 30/70 split, recreational/commercial. The articles below demonstrate how we went from a 30% to a 22% quota on scup in the recreational sector. The Council and Commission basically took 8% of the recreational quota over a period of two meetings and gave it to the commercial sector to get them to do something about.....
Bluefish and Scup Articles from Past Newsletters
• Bluefish Outrage! 3 Bluefish a day Allowed in 1996?
• Bluefish (1997)
• ASMFC 54th Annual Meeting Summary
• ASMFC Week, March 11-14, 1996
• Bluefish Update: Bag Limits to Remain at 10 Fish for 1998
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2020 JCAA Youth Education Award
The JCAA Youth Education Committee is accepting nominations for the 2020 Youth Education Award. There are many NJ HOFNOD volunteers doing great work to bring successes to the fishing community but sometimes individuals and sport-fishing organizations go above and beyond to make the future of fishing better for our youngsters. Youth Education Award criteria.....

Calendar of Events

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
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