JCAA Newsletter

April 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.....
Controversial NJ Marine Fisheries Decision on the 2021 Fluke Season
by John Toth
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council met on March 4th to discuss a number of issues on its agenda, but the “main event” for those of us listening in on the meeting by Webinar was the Council’s decision on what will be the 2021 fluke season for NJ’s anglers. There were 2 options to be considered for this season: • Option 1: May 22nd to September 19th – no change from the 2020 season.....
NJMFC Spurns Public Opinion and Sets Early Fluke Season
by Paul Haertel
At their webinar meeting on March 4th, the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council shockingly voted unanimously in favor of Option 1 (status quo). Therefore, our season will be exactly the same as last year, beginning on May 22nd and extending through September 19th. Special regulations for Island Beach State Park and the Delaware Bay area will also remain the same. The decision.....
JCAA Comments on Summer Flounder, Scup & Black Sea Bass Allocation Amendment
by Paul Haertel
Below are the comments submitted by JCAA regarding the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Amendment. While many of you may not understand it or even know about it, if you fish for these species, this is probably the most important amendment to come down the pike in quite some time. It is going to affect what the recreational harvest limits will be many years to.....
JCAA Fundraisers - Please Help Us Out!
by Paul Haertel
Currently JCAA has two fundraisers. One is that we are selling $25 gift cards Applebee’s Restaurant. JCAA will receive a check for $200 for every $1000 worth of cards we sell. The other fundraiser is our Hi-Roller raffle with prizes having a total value exceeding $3000. All of the shows that we normally sell these tickets at were cancelled this year so we really need you to help us out by.....
Amazon Smile
by Paul Turi, Office Manager
Amazon Smile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization selected by its customers. JCAA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is registered with Amazon Smile to receive these donations from Amazon. If you would like to support JCAA in this manner, whenever you buy something on Amazon.....
President's Report by John Toth
The first thing I want to do is to THANK Phil Simon and Paul Haertel and Tom Fote in putting their heads together to develop a response on the behalf of the JCAA to the Mid-Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council (MAMFC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) on the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Allocation Amendment. This amendment is complex.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Striped Bass
The hearing in New Jersey was attended by about 80 people including staff. That might seem like a large representation of NJ anglers but it is not. There were questions raised by why the EEZ was closed for recreational anglers. I can understand this since many at the hearing were not fishing in the late eighties and early nineties when NMFS was trying to open the EEZ and lift the.....
MAFMC and ASMFC to Hold Public Hearings for Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment
NJ Public Hearing, April 8 at 6PM
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) are seeking public comment on management options under consideration in the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. This amendment contains alternatives to: 1) Revise the fishery management plan (FMP) goals and objectives.....
The upcoming joint meeting of the MAFMC and the Board will be hosted by the Council via Webinar
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 6th
At this meeting, the Board and Council will consider final action on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment. Prior to the joint meeting, the Council will also receive an update on the summer flounder recreational discard management strategy evaluation (MSE) at 9-10 AM on Tuesday, April, 6th. Please feel free.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
Youth Fishing Challenge
Youth Fishing Challenge - The Hooked On Fishing - Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. It is being held on the first of the state's two Free Fishing Days, Saturday, June 5, when no license is required to fish regardless of age. For more information and to register your group location visit the Youth Fishing.....

Calendar of Events

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 Bluefish Public Hearing April 8th JCAA Board Meeting April 27th JCAA General Meeting May 3rd-6th ASMFC Virtual Spring Meeting August 5th-8th JCAA Heavy Hitter Fluke Tournament
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