JCAA Newsletter

November 2021
Note from John Toth, President
by John Toth
Dear JCAA Supporter, We thank you for your continued support of the JCAA as it fights for the rights of all anglers who fish in New Jersey. The JCAA raises its funds primarily through its many events such as its Annual Fluke Tournament, the Sportsperson of the Year Dinner, selling its raffle tickets at shows like the Salt Water Expo in Edison and other venues. Because of COVID-19, the JCAA.....
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.....
Nomination of Tony Guadagnino for JCAA Sportsperson of the Year
submitted by Fish Hawks
The Fish Hawk's Saltwater Anglers Club would like to nominate Mr. Tony Guadagnino for the prestigious award of Sportsperson of the Year for 2021. The Fish Hawk's is a social fishing club, dedicated to good sportsmanship, preservation of the marine environment, and safeguarding our natural resources. The Fish Hawk's is 200 members strong, and was established in April, 1977. The Board of.....
Show Time: 2022 Shows Are Coming Soon
by Mark Taylor
Before you know it we all will be in that so called down time looking for things to do. This is the time we assess our fishing gear so it’s ready for when we need it. When it comes to fishing rods or reels in need of some repairs, I believe we either do it ourselves, make arrangements with someone we know or local tackle shops. As for tackle it’s not that easy to repair at times so looking.....
Illegal Trawlers Fishing Right Off New Jersey Coastline…NOT!
by Capt. Paul Eidman
The amount of fishing misinformation out there on social media is enough to make me crazy and inspired this blog post. Take a deeper dive into the world of offshore wind power with me and learn more about what these weird looking ships are and why they are there. These ships may be big and weird looking, but I assure you they aren’t “Chinese trawlers” or “Omega Bunker boats”.....
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
During our September General Membership meeting, we voted to have our JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Award dinner. Thanks to Paul Haertel, he researched the venues that we could hold it and the best location that was the result of his search is Yesterday’s Family Restaurant in Bayville. Keep in mind that many of the catering venues were booked up because of the backlog of.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board
October 20, 2021
The Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) met to consider approval of Draft Amendment 7 for public comment and to consider approval of Draft Addendum VII to Amendment 6 for public comment. The Board received an overview presentation of the management options developed for Draft Amendment 7. The Plan Development Team (PDT) and the Technical Committee.....
Tautog Management Board
Press Release: October 18, 2021
Arlington, VA – The Commission’s Tautog Management Board reviewed the results of 2021 Regional Stock Assessments Update, which found improvements in most regions. Stocks within the Long Island Sound (LIS) and Delaware/ Maryland/Virginia (DelMarVa) regions are not overfished, with improved stock status for both regions from the last assessment in 2017. For LIS, New.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
JCAA Youth Education Award
Tim Brennan was selected by the JCAA Youth Education Committee to receive the JCAA Youth Education Award. The following nomination was submitted by the Shore Surf Club, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: The Shore Surf Club would like to nominate Mr. Tim Brennan for the 2021 JCAA Youth Education Award. Mr. Brennan is a health and physical education teacher and certified.....

Calendar of Events

October 26th JCAA General Meeting November 11th JCAA Board Meeting November 14th JCAA Dinner November 30th JCAA General Meeting December 9th JCAA Board Meeting December 13th-16th MAFMC/ASMFC Joint Meeting December 28th JCAA General Meeting January 13th JCAA Board Meeting January 24th-27th ASMFC Winter Meeting January 25th JCAA General Meeting February 8th-10th MAFMC Meeting February 10th JCAA Board Meeting February 22nd JCAA General Meeting March 2nd-6th Progressive AC Boat Show March 10th JCAA Board Meeting March 18th-20th Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo March 28th-30th NOAA REC Summit March 29th 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