JCAA Newsletter

September 2020
Note from the Board of Directors
Jersey Coast Anglers Association hopes you and your family are all healthy during these concerning times. There have been a couple of calls the last few weeks about upcoming events that JCAA is running or involved with. There is a list at the end of this article listing the events that have been canceled. To keep informed, go to the JCAA web page or Facebook page for up to date.....
2020 JCAA Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament Final Results
The JCAA Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament concluded on Sunday, August 9th. It was a three-day event although participants were only allowed to fish on only one day. Eighty-five boats were entered and most fished in very nice conditions on Saturday and Sunday. While fishing was slow for some boats, other boats had outstanding catches. The tournament was based on the total weight of.....
JCAA High Roller Raffle Winners
by Don Marantz
On Thursday, August 13th, the winning tickets for the JCAA High Roller Raffle were drawn. I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our High Roller Raffle fundraiser this year. 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.....
Public Access
by George Browne
I remember seeing a sign years ago on a bulletin board that said, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” That message came back to me, recently, as I was speaking with an attorney for a Raritan Bayshore community about public access and fishing in that town. The lawyer was telling me that fishing access was restricted because of all the things fishermen did at the public beach and why.....
President's Report by John Toth
Let me first start my report by saying THANK YOU to Paul Haertel for running his 3-day Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament during August 7th, 8th and 9th that had approximately 90 boats entering into it! Paul also had busy helpers to run this tournament that included Don Marantz, Paul Turi, Mark Taylor and a big Thank You also goes to them! The JCAA, as well as other organizations are.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Needless to say, it has been an interesting couple of months. I went to many meetings all while staying at home. We are all learning how to utilize the internet for fisheries meetings. There are both good and bad points. The bad point is there is no opportunity for members to socialize and discuss beyond the meeting itself. The good point is that any of you can go on your computer and attend. You.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Weekend Fishing Rodeo Lake Julianna
Due to the timing of our JCAA Newspaper we will summit an article about the Weekend Fishing Rodeo for disabled children and other special needs along with honoring our disabled veterans and active-duty military personnel. Organizers decided to combine the Kids Wish’n to go Fish’n Fun Day and Take a Veteran Fishing Day to commemorate the environmental improvements at Lake.....
Landmark Bunker Decision by the ASMFC
by Capt. Paul Eidman
This decisive event was the biggest since the catch cap reduction back in 2012. There hasn’t really been a drop of good bunker news since. Until now. The Menhaden Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) voted unanimously to adopt Ecological Reference Points (ERPs) for managing Atlantic menhaden during the 2021-22 fishing seasons. This vote is a landmark.....
So Nice to See Whiting Again!
by John Toth
Several of my fishing club members recently caught some nice whiting off the coast of New Hampshire. They filled a bushel basket of them with big whiting that I have not seen for many years and it brought back fond memories of me and my friends fishing for them. Years ago, whiting was so prevalent in our waters that my fishing buddies and I used to start fishing for them the day.....

Calendar of Events

September 10th JCAA Board Meeting Online September 29th JCAA General Meeting Online October 9th JCAA Board Meeting Online October 27th JCAA General Meeting Online
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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