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Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

Stock Assessments & Recreational Surveys

New Jersey: Stock Status & Management Updates

Species

Status

Recent/Next Action

American Lobster

Depleted; Not overfishing

Benchmark stock assessment 2020

American Shad

Depleted; Overfishing status unknown

Benchmark stock assessment 2020

Atlantic Croaker

Overfished and overfishing status unknown

Traffic Light Analysis management action triggered 2020

Atlantic Striped Bass

Overfished; Overfishing

Update stock assessment 2022

Black Sea Bass

Not overfished; Not overfishing

Update stock assessment 2021

Black Drum

Not overfished; Not overfishing

Benchmark stock assessment 2023

Bluefish

Overfished; Not overfishing

Research track assessment 2022

Coastal Sharks

Varies by species

http://www.asmfc.org/species/coastal-sharks

Cobia

Not overfished; Not overfishing

Benchmark stock assessment 2020

Horseshoe Crab

Status unknown; Moratorium since 2008

Adaptive Resource Management assessment 2021

Scup

Not overfished; Not overfishing

Update stock assessment 2021

Spanish Mackerel

Not overfished; Not overfishing

Operational stock assessment 2022

Spiny Dogfish

Not overfished; Not overfishing

Peer review assessment 2022

Summer Flounder

Not overfished; Not overfishing

Update stock assessment 2021

Tautog

Overfished; Not overfishing

Update stock assessment 2021

Weakfish

Depleted; Not overfishing

Update stock assessment 2019

Winter Flounder

Overfished; Not overfishing

Update stock assessment 2020

Marine Fisheries: Recreational Surveys

Be Counted...

You may see New Jersey Fish and Wildlife interviewers at marine public access fishing sites conducting the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS). The survey targets marine recreational anglers to obtain information about their fishing effort and catch. The more data collected, the more successful the survey becomes for estimating overall catch, which is an integral factor for managing fisheries. To strengthen our estimates by collecting even more data, we have increased our total individual assignments by more than 40% since 2020.

Marine Fisheries staff are eager to speak with fishing clubs/groups about the importance of the APAIS. We rely heavily on our valued anglers, creating a joint effort to preserve the state’s natural resources. Invite us to a group meeting or event. Contact Maryellen Gordon at Maryellen.Gordon@dep.nj.gov. We look forward to meeting you!

Fish and Wildlife staff continue to conduct the For-Hire Telephone Survey annually from March through December. Weekly calls are made to vessel operators regarding the previous week’s trips. This data is used to estimate fishing effort in the for-hire sector and is combined with APAIS data. In 2021, 2242 vessels were contacted averaging approximately 51 vessels per week with a 57% response rate.

If you’re not contacted directly, you can submit an easy, online fishing report after each saltwater trip to the New Jersey Volunteer Angler Survey at NJFishandWildlife.com/marinesurvey.htm. Your reports have a real impact on how our oceans are managed.

NEW Fish and Wildlife Website Arriving in 2022!

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife’s website is undergoing a renovation!

Soon there will be easier access to saltwater fishing regulations, management updates, public hearing information, data collected from field surveys and more. Stay tuned!