JCAA Newsletter

February 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.....
Upcoming Hearings
by Paul Haertel
Here is the public hearing notice for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment. Many of us have been working many years to adjust the allocation between the commercial and recreational sectors. This amendment has been in the process for about 10 years and is finally ready for the public hearing process. There was some movement.....
Public Access
by George Browne
Considering how quiet the beaches are this time of year, there is not much to report on public access. Of course, that does not mean there are not issues, just that there are not a lot of people looking to use the beach. With that said there are two issues to report on. In Point Pleasant Beach there are three or four closed access points from the boardwalk to the beach. Some work was done.....
Note from Paul Turi, Office Manager
On behalf of JCAA, I would like to thank all those who donated to JCAA last year to help us through a difficult time with the cancellation of all our yearly fundraisers due to the Covid-19 virus. We received donations from $10 to $500. Every little bit counts. The generosity of our many supporters is greatly.....
President's Report by John Toth
Happy New Year! Without a doubt, this will be a challenging New Year! The pandemic is raging across our country and there seems to be no let-up in sight! What really seems strange now is the shortage of vaccines! We heard that they were being rolled out during December, but for whatever reason, there is a shortage of them! Given the huge distribution network of the vaccines, it will.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Upcoming Meetings
The first week of February will be a busy week. The ASMFC will have its winter meeting week from February 2nd-4th and there will be a joint meeting of MAFMC & ASMFC on February 1st. The agendas are below. All the information and briefing materials will be on the ASMFC web page. The big thing at the joint meeting will be to the review and consider approval of Addendum XXXIII and.....
Upcoming Public Hearings
Within the next two months there could be three public hearings on three different documents. We are moving ahead with many management measures without face to face meetings. I know how difficult it is to get your thoughts on paper to send written comments instead of making comments in public. But this also means you need to be computer literate and have access to the.....
Agenda for ASMFC Winter Meeting & Joint Meeting with MAFMC
The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon during the webinar. The final agenda will include additional items. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for scheduled Board meetings. The Commission may adjust this agenda in accordance with the actual duration of Board.....
MAFMC and ASMFC to hold Public Hearings for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment
MAFMC News, January 15, 2021
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) are seeking public comment on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment. Comments may be submitted at any of five virtual public hearings to be held between February 17 and March 2, 2021 or via.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Use the icy cold days of winter to work on your fishing equipment. I do this every year and it gives me a chance to inventory my fishing arsenal and get everything in top notch condition before I wet a line. I start by inspecting my tackle boxes, surf bags, boots, foul weather gear and rods and reels. Look for worn straps on surf bags, gear in tackle packs, fishing belts, clothing, and boots.....
Improving Public Access at Sandy Hook, NJ
by John Toth
I recently wrote an article about the closure of the False Hook at Sandy Hook, NJ and it detailed how the Army Corps of Engineers surprisingly showed up to dredge this area resulting in the closure of this prime fishing area for surf fishing enthusiasts. Anglers were not happy about this surprise and the Access Chairman of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA), George Browne.....
Striped Bass Circle Hook Regulations
by Paul Haertel
While you may have read about the mandatory use of inline circle hooks when fishing for striped bass, the issue of how New Jersey’s final regulations will read once they are written is still slightly unclear. Our Bureau of Marine Fisheries is currently working on this but the actual law which is done by Administrative Code has not yet been completed. This past fall, the Atlantic States.....

Calendar of Events

January 26th JCAA General Meeting February 1st-4th ASMFC Winter Meeting & Joint Meeting with MAFMC February 11th JCAA Board Meeting (Zoom) February 11th-12th MAFMC Meeting February 18th NJ MAFMC/ASMFC public hearing on Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment February 23rd JCAA General Meeting (Zoom) March Saltwater Expo Canceled ??? 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