JCAA Newsletter

October 2021
Remembering the Destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001
by John Toth
It is hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since the Trade Centers were brought down by terrorists who wanted to destroy America. However, that day will never be forgotten by me. I worked for the Port Authority of NY & NJ and my office was located on the 65th floor of the North Tower (Tower #1). My office faced in a northern direction and the Empire State building and.....
High Roller Raffle Results
by Paul Turi
On August 12th, tickets for the Annual JCAA High Roller Raffle were drawn at the JCAA office. Prize winners are listed below:

1st place ticket: Chris Hoyer - won the Jersey Nutz six-man charter, donated by Captains Robert & Cody Melton.....
by Paul Turi
This year we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year dinner at Yesterday’s Family Restaurant located at 938 Rt. 9 South, Bayville, NJ. The dinner will be held on Sunday, November 14th from 4-8 PM. The price of meat and demand for banquet facilities has increased tremendously which has put some of the fancier waterfront places out of our desired price range. The price of our dinner will be.....
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
Where has the summer gone? Time is moving so fast and we are moving toward the fall season already. A lot has happened during the summer and I hope you enjoyed the fluke season which will be finished before you see this newsletter. Unfortunately, COVID – 19 and the resulting Delta variant is wreaking havoc in our country and around the world. It has hurt our economy so much.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
State of JCAA
Since March of 2020 we have all faced many challenges and have had to learn new ways to conduct meetings. This has also given me some time to think about where we are going with JCAA. The pandemic has only exaggerated already existing problems. When I first went on the board in 1987, I was the 6th youngest board member. Most of the board members were in their.....
ASA Policy Report
by Mike Waine
Lund’s fisheries, a NJ Commercial Fishing Company, has submitted an Experimental Fishing Permit (EFP) application to the MAFMC to explore a commercial purse seine fishery for Atlantic thread herring. Atlantic thread herring are an important forage species for many sportfish throughout the Atlantic and are currently managed under the Forage Amendment as an ecosystem component.....
ASMFC Annual Meeting Goes Virtual
The ASMFC Annual Meeting will not take place in New Jersey. Because of COVID 19 we had to cancel the in person meeting. This agenda was sent out before the meeting went virtual so there may be many changes. There are no changes posted on the webpage right now but check in for the updated agenda and the meeting materials. You can see this is a busy agenda and there.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife Veteran Fishing
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will partner with Vietnam Veterans of America Shore Area Chapter 12 (VVA 12) to increase freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities for veterans. Under the direction of Karen Byrne, May 5, 2021, NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife held their first Veteran’s Surf Fishing workshop. I met with Karen to expand the veteran fishing.....

Calendar of Events

October 14th JCAA Board Meeting October 18th-21st ASMFC Meeting Week October 26th JCAA General Meeting November 11th JCAA Board Meeting November 14th JCAA Dinner November 30th JCAA General Meeting
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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