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ASA guidance on Proposed Changes to Striped Bass Management

by American Sportfishing Association 21 Nov 2023 19:25 UTC
ASA guidance on Proposed Changes to Striped Bass Management © American Sportfishing Association

Last week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission hosted the first of several public hearings regarding proposed changes to the Striped Bass Management Plan.

The first hearing was for New Jersey, a state that has experienced incredible striper fishing recently despite the striped bass population being down in numbers. Anglers in attendance were both informed and engaged asking salient questions and providing input on preferred options.

Regarding the proposed changes, ASA is advocating for: (1) maintaining the 28-31” slot for the ocean fishery, (2) implementing a maximum recreational size in the Chesapeake Bay, (3) complementary reductions in the commercial fishery, and (4) no mode splits meaning same regulations for private and charter.

Mike Waine, ASA’s Atlantic Fisheries Policy Director, developed a guide to the proposed changes as a support tool to help anglers participate in the public process. Public comments are due by December 22, and we encourage anglers to attend a public hearing and make their voice heard!

Learn more here...

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