JCAA Newsletter

November 2020
Note from the Board of Directors
Jersey Coast Anglers Association hope 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.....
JCAA Position Statement on the Dredging Related Closure of the False Hook at Sandy Hook
The False Hook area at Sandy Hook, NJ has been closed effective October 1st, 2020 for the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge sand from that location. This closure has completely cut off surf fishing access to the northern end of Sandy Hook just as Striped Bass, False Albacore, and Bluefish exit Raritan Bay on their southerly migration. In addition to fish leaving Raritan Bay, Striped Bass.....
Public Access
by George Browne
This month’s public access column is going to be a little different and the issue was brought to my attention by other members of the Berkeley Striper Club. This public access issue is not about a homeowner trying to block fishing access, a town closing their beaches due to Covid19, or even a fishing spot where parking regulations were changed to limit access. This column.....
Obituary of George P. Howard Jr.
George P. Howard, age 95, of Pittstown, New Jersey died Sunday October 18, 2020 at home. George was born April 30, 1925 in Newark N.J. He was the son of the late Bernice Mitchell Howard and George Patrick Howard. He was pre deceased by his wife of 65 years Jean and two brothers, the late Congressman James J. Howard and Robert M. Howard. George served 3 years in the United.....
President's Report by John Toth
While we are doing JCAA meetings by ZOOM, I do miss our monthly General Membership meetings that were held at the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Building in Herbertsville. At this location, we could see each other, face-to-face, and chat about our exaggerated fishing stories! This is the type of interaction you just can’t have with a meeting done by ZOOM! Also, a number us would.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
ASMFC Annual Meeting Summaries
This was the strangest annual meeting I ever attended. New Jersey was scheduled to be the host but that has been postponed to 2021. There were many meetings but most were not as long as usual. Winter flounder and lobster were the usual disappointments, not because of our management but because of factors beyond our control. The southern New England stock of lobsters is.....
The Menhaden Board finally used ecosystem management to cut the quota for menhaden harvest to take into account the needs of striped bass. Many of us have been pushing for this for many years not only for striped bass but many other species that depend on forage species for their overall health. Right now, the only model we have is for striped bass but in the future other fish.....
Striped Bass
I didn’t see many of your names signed in to listen to the five-hour striped bass meeting. There will be a follow up meeting on this in February. At that meeting we will approve a draft document to go to public hearings. We are now working on the questions we want to ask the public. The problem is wording the questions correctly and gathering comprehensive information. It would be important.....
The two boards that met were dealing with Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment and Recreational Management Reform Initiative. There should be a draft bluefish plan going out after the December Joint Meeting. This plan will deal with how we stop perceived overfishing and the commercial allocations. The Recreational Management Reform Initiative will be a.....
George Howard Passes
The sportspersons of New Jersey lost one of our heroes on October 18th with the death of George Howard. My first official meeting with George Howard when he took over as Director of NJ Fish and Wildlife was arranged by Bruce Freeman. Bruce Freeman told George that I was trying to make striped bass a gamefish. George simply inquired if bluefish and summer flounder would be next. This was.....
Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board
The Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board met to consider approving state implementation plans for circle hook measures, which are required by Addendum VI; receive a Technical Committee (TC) report on release mortality in the recreational fishery; and review the first draft of the Public Information Document (PID) for Amendment 7. The intent of the circle hook provision.....
ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Board Approves TAC for 2020-2022
Press Release
The Atlantic Menhaden Management Board (Board) approved a total allowable catch (TAC) of 194,400 metric tons (mt) for the 2021 and 2022 fishing seasons, which represents a 10% reduction from the 2018-2020 TAC level. The 2021-2022 TAC was set based on the ecological reference points (ERPs) approved by the Board in August, and reaffirms the Board’s commitment to manage the.....
Joint ASMFC Bluefish Management Board & MAFMC
Meeting Summary
The Commission’s Bluefish Management Board (Board) met jointly with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) to finalize the range of alternatives for the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. The Board and Council reviewed recommendations from the Plan Development Team/Fishery Management Action Team (PDT/FMAT) and approved.....
Joint ASMFC Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board & MAFMC
Meeting Summary
The Commission’s Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board (Board) and the Council reviewed progress on the Recreational Management Reform Initiative and discussed next steps. After reviewing nine topics that were either recommended by the Recreational Management Reform Initiative Steering Committee or by stakeholders through scoping for two separate.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
During October, Point Pleasant high school students were surf fishing on New York Ave., Point Pleasant Beach. We had a conversation with educators from Point Pleasant High School about adding NJ HOFNOD to their curriculum for 2021 and sponsoring a high school team for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. We look forward to answering any questions their Health and Physical.....

Calendar of Events

November 12th JCAA Board Meeting November 16th-22nd JCAA Blackfish Tournament November 24th JCAA General Meeting December 12th JCAA Board Meeting December 14th-17th Joint Meeting ASMFC, MAFMC December 29th 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