JCAA Newsletter

January 2022
Nominations for Slate of Officers
Here is the recommended slate of officers for 2022 to be voted upon by member clubs at our January General Membership Meeting. If you would like to submit a name for consideration of any of the officer positions you may do so by emailing Don Marantz at donmarantz@optonline.net or a nomination may be made from the floor at the General Membership Meeting. We can use.....
2022 Show Time is Just Around the Corner
by Mark Taylor
Jersey Coast Angler Association (JCAA) has contracts signed and planning on having a booth at two major shows in 2022. 2022 Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show (March 2nd to 6th) will be the first one followed by 2022 Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo (March 18th to 20th). I will be looking for volunteers to work the JCAA Booths at both shows. I will be contacting people that.....
President's Report by John Toth
We had our Sportsperson of the Year dinner on November 14th at Yesterday’s Family Restaurant in Bayville and it was a very nice event that all of us enjoyed! What was so enjoyable was our being able to see each other again, face-to-face, instead of by ZOOM. Don’t get me wrong, ZOOM has its advantages but you just don’t get the chance to really talk to each other and have a few.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
Overview of Joint ASMFC and MAFMC December Meeting
It is good that I am an optimist because if I was a pessimist, I would have quit volunteering my time for fisheries management many years ago. For the record there where some recreational changes in the quotas splits that did give us an increase but I am tired of getting crumbs and being treated like second class citizens. I enclosed parts of the press release that contains the.....
Specification Setting
There were many opportunities at this meeting for NMFS, the MAFMC and ASMFC to do the right thing when it comes to the recreational sector. There were opportunities during the recreational specification settings at the summer flounder, scup and black sea bass board and the bluefish board. The votes should have been for status quo for all these species. But the Commission and the Council members.....
Reallocation Amendment
We need to discuss the vote on the Amendment for the reallocation for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass. Some of us have been waiting since these quotas were set in the 90’s for these quotas to properly reflect the injustices put in place when the original quotas were designed. Back in the 90’s the recreational community was not accustomed to regulations or restrictions.....
Changes to Commercial and Recreational Allocations
Joint MAFMC & ASFMC Press Release
The Mid‐Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board (Board) approved changes to the commercial and recreational allocations of summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass during a joint meeting this week in Annapolis, Maryland. These changes are intended to better reflect.....
ASMFC 2022 Winter Meeting - Preliminary Agenda
January 25-27, 2022
Tuesday, January 25
10 - 11:30 AM - American Lobster Management Board
• Consider Draft Addendum XXVII for Public Comment: Increasing Protection of Spawning Stock in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank
• Consider Fishery Management Plan Review American Lobster and Jonah Crab for 2020 Fishing Year.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
2021 JCAA Youth Education Award
Tim Brennan, Brick Memorial High School Health and Physical Education teacher, received the 2021 Youth Education Award at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner located at Yesterday’s Family Restaurant, Bayville, NJ. Mr. Brennan is a NJ HOFNOD instructor and has designed a NJ HOFNOD proposal that was introduced to the Brick Board of Education in 2015. He collaborated with.....

Calendar of Events

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
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