JCAA Newsletter

March 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. To keep informed, go to the JCAA web page or Facebook page for up to date information. We are planning two more raffles to try and make up for the loss of revenue from.....
NJFMC to set Fluke Regs on March 4th - COMMENT NOW
by Paul Haertel
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Administration is accepting comments for the 2021 Recreational Summer Flounder Season. All minimum size and possession limit regulations will remain unchanged, including the Island Beach State Park and Delaware Bay special management areas. The possible options are as follows: • Option 1: May 22nd – September 19th, 121 days (the same.....
Public Access
by George Browne
There is not much to report in this month’s public access column. There are not a lot of people using the beach. The recent big nor’easter did produce significant beach erosion in some of the oceanfront towns. Those towns immediately began wringing their hands saying how they would need federal and state taxpayer money to put their beaches back in shape for the.....
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Developer Seeks Input from Fishermen
by John Toth
Atlantic Shores hosted a Webinar on January 13th with the purpose of receiving input from fishermen. I participated in this Webinar, along with about 64 other individuals, to receive information on this new developer who wants to place windmills 10 to 20 miles off the coast between Barnegat Bay and Atlantic City. This new wind farm will be approximately the size of 183,000 acres! The developers’.....
Omega Protein Using Striped Bass Regulations to take more Bunker??
by Capt. Paul Eidman
The ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board is considering major revisions to the striped bass management plan and one issue is not getting much airtime. New Jersey recreational fishermen need to pay close attention to this issue, as it could have a cascading impact on many of the species we target. For decades New Jersey anglers have fought to conserve their favorite food of striped bass.....
President's Report by John Toth
With the introduction of new vaccines, it is hopeful that the number of people contacting COVID-19 has started to decline. While we still have a way to go, maybe by the time summer comes around we will start to live our lives like we did pre-COVID-19. For a long time, a lot of club events and fishing charters had to be canceled because of this virus and it is about time to change this! The JCAA is.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Quota Transfer
While listening to the public hearing on quota transfer, I remembered many other hearings with the same conversation. Unlike some people, I do not have a selective memory. I have a great memory of history. Truthfully, some of the new folks were not involved when decisions were made, and they don’t know the history. The recreational community was naïve when many of these.....
Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Draft Amendment 7 PID for Public Comment & Hearing Dates
ASMFC Release
The Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved for public comment the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 7 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Striped Bass. As the first step in the amendment process, the PID seeks input from stakeholders and those interested in striped bass about changes observed in the fishery/resource.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
I spoke to Liz Jackson, DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and she informed us of the following: (1) New Jersey HOFNOD facilitator training is in the process of being updated as an online training. (2) A winner was selected for the NJ Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs new logo design contest. (3) The DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife NJ Fishing Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, June 5.....

Calendar of Events

February 23rd JCAA General Meeting (Zoom) March 11th JCAA Board Meeting March 25th ASMFC NJ Striped Bass Hearing March 30th JCAA General Meeting Canceled Atlantic City Boat Show Canceled March Saltwater Expo April 6th-7th ASA Gov’t Affairs Committee Meeting April 6th-8th MAFMC Virtual Meeting April 8th JCAA Board Meeting April 27th JCAA General Meeting May 3rd-6th ASMFC Virtual Spring 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