JCAA Newsletter

January 2021
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.....
Public Access
by George Browne
In the past two months JCAA has been working on a couple of public access issues. The first was Sandy Hook. The second was Brick Beach. The Army Corp of Engineers (ACoE) dredging project at the False Hook is still being completed. It appears that it will not be completed before the end of the year. JCAA had several conference calls with Congressman Pallone’s office and Senator.....
Mike Pentony Meeting Postponed
by John Toth
As recreational anglers, we are continually frustrated over the poor management of our fisheries. Examples include: a three fish bag limit for bluefish, the elimination of catching snappers which is the pathway for many kids to become anglers, the confusing seasons we have to catch sea bass, and the restricted blackfish seasons. It seems that more and more restrictions are placed on.....
Can Recreational Fishing and Offshore Wind Farms Coexist? A Resounding ‘YES’
by Paul Eidman
The United States offshore wind industry is poised for massive growth. More than a dozen wind farms are being developed in federal waters off the east coast. However, a question looms: can the sport of recreational fishing and offshore wind farms co-exist? As a New Jersey-based recreational angler and fishing charter business owner myself, the answer is a resounding yes. For the last.....
2020 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
I think that I can say for all of us that we are HAPPY to see the end of 2020! We have been prisoners in our own homes and curtailed in doing the many activities and events that we are used to having. I have been involved for many years with the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County by joining it in the 1970’s and now as the club’s president. As president, I have had to cancel several of.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Joint ASMFC & MAFMC Meeting Summaries
ASMFC & MAFMC joint meeting was interesting. The Board and Council discussed the lack of preliminary 2020 recreational catch and harvest estimates as well as the ongoing challenges with incorporating the new MRIP estimates into management. Some members of both bodies voiced concerns regarding the potential to exceed the RHL for these species; however, they ultimately.....
Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass
The Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board (Board) and Council agreed to maintain status quo recreational management measures for scup and black sea bass in state and federal waters in 2021. They also agreed to maintain status quo recreational management measures for summer flounder in 2021 to achieve, but not exceed. This includes the use of regional conservation.....
Recreational Reform Initiative
The Commission’s Interstate Fisheries Management Policy Board met jointly with the Council to receive an update on the Recreational Reform Initiative and discuss next steps. The Recreational Reform Initiative considers improvements to management of the recreational fisheries for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish. At their last meeting in October, the Council and Policy Board.....
The Commission’s Bluefish Management Board and Council agreed to maintain status quo recreational management measures for bluefish in state and federal waters in 2021.
Recreational Allocation Amendment
The Council and Board reviewed the Council’s public hearing document and the Commission’s draft amendment for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment. They approved both documents for public comment with minor modifications. They also discussed the timeline for this amendment relative to other ongoing actions.....
Joint ISFMP Policy Board & MAFMC
In October 2020, the Council and the Commission’s ISFMP Policy Board initiated a joint framework/addendum, as well as a joint amendment to address several priority topics related to management of the recreational summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish fisheries. During their December 2020 joint meeting, they reviewed a staff recommendation to.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
This year was a real challenge for our youth fishing and aquatic education programs. We were not able to visit schools and local libraries. We did have a remarkably successful one-to-one, small group, fishing instruction for veterans and their families at Island Beach State Park, Point Pleasant Beach, Manasquan Inlet, Lake Julianna, Bay Head, Spring Lake, Marine Services.....

Calendar of Events

December 29th JCAA General Meeting January 14th JCAA Board Meeting January 26th JCAA General Meeting February 1st-4sth ASMFC Winter Meeting & Joint Meeting with MAFMC ??? We do not know at this time what shows will take place in 2021. We will keep you posted
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