JCAA Newsletter

October 2020
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. There is a list at the end of this article listing the events that have been canceled. To keep informed, go to the JCAA web page or Facebook page for up to date.....
Adjustments to Fishing Regulations & Seasons
by John Toth
To stem the spread of COVID-19, Governor Murphy would not allow the for-hire fleet to sail until some social distancing regulations could be established. Unfortunately, the for-hire fleet lost the entire blackfish season during April when anglers could have kept four of them as our bag limit. Also, striped bass fishing was red-hot and the for-hire hire fleet lost some of this season until the.....
Public Access
by George Browne
This will be a short public access column this month. Not sure what is going to happen with the pandemic or what the towns’ reactions will be. We did see some towns close parking and waterfront access this past spring. We will have to monitor what is happening and see if we can prevent shutdowns. Closing off public access does not just affect the beach or waterway in the town that shuts down.....
Big Win! New State Fund for Fisheries Studies Funded by Offshore Wind Development
by Capt. Paul Eidman
NJBPU announced this week that all offshore wind developers building projects for New Jersey must invest directly in fisheries research as a condition of their power contracts. The state is inviting bids for up to 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and if all are awarded it will generate $24 million in research funding which could be directed toward efforts to study recreational.....
President's Report by John Toth
Needless to say, our world has been turned upside down by COVID-19 and God only knows when things, hopefully, will get back to normal again! When Governor Murphy allowed restaurants to open to 25% capacity, my wife and I finally enjoyed having a nice meal at a restaurant instead of takeout! This COVID-19 has caused the JCAA and other organizations to cancel their fundraisers.....
Fisheries Management & Legislative Report by Tom Fote
JCAA Newspaper in the Future
The pandemic has made JCAA reconsider the way we do business. Most organizations have gone to online newsletters but JCAA has continued to print for those who requested it. We have always done our own printing so newspapers go out in a timely manner. We have learned that you can get information faster just using the internet through Facebook, the JCAA webpage or just personal.....
There is a Lot Going On
Below I have included the agenda for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Joint Meeting of Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and ASMFC. Out of these meetings may come public hearings on the Recreational Reform Initiative, bluefish, summer flounder and striped bass. JCAA needs to develop positions on these important issues. We need the input from your.....
Youth Education Report by Greg Kucharewski
NJ HOFNOD Fishing Challenge
The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge statewide event will take place on the state's second Free Fishing Day, Saturday, October 17th, when no license is required to fish regardless of age. See the NJ HOFNOD Youth Fishing Challenge page for more information. During 2020, think about becoming a HOFNOD instructor. New Jersey HOFNOD facilitator workshops.....

Calendar of Events

September 29th JCAA General Meeting Online October 6th-8th MAFMC Council Meeting October 7th Joint Meeting of ASMFC & MAFMC October 8th JCAA Board Meeting October 19th22th ASMFC Annual Meeting October 27th JCAA General Meeting Online
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