JCAA Newsletter

May 2018
2018 Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations Set
by Paul Haertel
At the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council meeting on April 5 the following regulations for fluke and sea bass were set.

Fluke: May-25 – Sep-22, 3 fish at 18”
Sea Bass: May-15 – Jun-22, 10 fish at 12.5”
JCAA 24th Annual Fluke Tournament
by Paul Turi, Office Manager
The JCAA 24th Annual Fluke Tournament will take place on Saturday, August 4th and the Awards Presentations will take place on Thursday, August 9th at the Clarion Hotel on Rt. 37 east in Toms River, NJ. In this edition of our newspaper there is a four-page insert advertising our fluke tournament. Contained within that insert is an application. You can fill that out and either mail or fax it to our.....
27th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament - Sunday May 20, 2018
by Tom Fote
The 27th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament (GSFT) will take place in Island Beach State Park (IBSP), NJ on May 20, 2018. This event is one of the most popular surf fishing contests for the individual angler on the east coast. It is sponsored by Jersey Coast Anglers Association, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, NJ Beach Buggy Association, NJ Division of Fish.....
Memoriam of Noel Angelucci
by John Toth
There is saying that many of us know and that is: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” When I first met Noel, I judged him too quickly due to his appearance. As many of you who have been acquainted with Noel, he dressed very informally and his bushy hair always seemed to need a comb to it. I believe I first met Noel (born on Christmas Day and that is how he got his first name), I think.....
New JCAA Fluke Tournament Director Position Open
The JCAA is seeking a person who will manage its JCAA Fluke Tournament in 2018. This person in this position will promote the tournament with press releases, interacting with tournament sponsors to obtain prizes and recognition in promotional materials, handle promotional mailings to anglers concerning the tournament, distribute promotional material to tackle shops and.....
President's Report by Mark Taylor
Summer flounder (fluke) and Black Sea Bass regulations were set for 2018 at the April 5th New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council Meeting which Past President Paul Haertel was there representing JCAA. Paul did a great job summarizing what went on at that meeting which is in this newsletter and also on our Facebook page. Hopefully, you got a few High Roller Raffle tickets at one of the shows that.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
ASA Government Affairs Meeting
The American Sportfishing Association Government Affairs Committee consists of a Commerce Committee, Freshwater Committee, Saltwater East Committee and Saltwater West Committee. The members of the Committees are from the companies that ASA represents, NGO’s, federal and state agencies, and ASA staff. Before the meetings began I made a visit.....
NOAA Recreational Summit
At the NOAA Summit you had representatives from all the states with saltwater regions. I spent much time with the Hawaii representatives talking about how differently their recreational fisheries are managed. There were many interesting panel discussions. We also had representation from the recreational fly community that again supported NOAA’s fisheries.....
Upcoming Joint ASMFC & MAFMC Meeting & ASMFC Spring Meeting Week
There has been an additional day added to the meeting week to allow for a joint meeting of ASMFC and MAFMC. The agenda is below. We will be dealing with summer flounder and bluefish issues on Monday. I still have great reservations about opening the bluefish management plan. My fear is because the recreational sector has been conservative and not caught our quota and have.....
Black Sea Bass
Paul Haertel did a good job of pointing out the history of black sea bass. I want to add that in the early 2000s when we were trying to get the plan in place, and the states kept on fighting over the commercial quota, New Jersey was willing to give up 20% of its permanent commercial quota to make the plan work. That is the only time I have ever seen that happen. None of the.....
Spring ASMFC Meeting Week Agenda
Monday April 30

• 10am - Noon, 1pm - 3pm: Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board Jointly with Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
• 3:15 - 4:45pm: Bluefish Management Board Jointly with the.....
EPA to Convene National Leadership Summit to Take Action on PFAS
EPA Press Release, 3/19/2018
WASHINGTON – Today, in a letter sent to governors of 56 states and territories, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to host a National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. to take action on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS is a category of man-made chemicals that have been widely used to make products because of their.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
National Fishing and Boating Week
NF&BW Free Fishing Day in New Jersey is Saturday June 9, 2018. Residents and non-residents may fish the public waters of New Jersey without a license or trout Stamp. All other regulations apply. For those anglers just starting out, the Division of Fish and Wildlife offers many programs and classes to advance from beginner to expert. The Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Oxford......

Calendar of Events

April 24th - JCAA General Meeting
April 30th - MAFMC/ASMFC Joint meeting of Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Boards
May 1st - ASMFC Spring Meeting Week
May 10th - JCAA Board Meeting
May 20th - Governors Surf Fishing Tournament
May 29th - JCAA General Meeting
August 4th - JCAA Fluke Tournament
August 9th - Fluke Tournament Awards Presentations
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