Striped Bass Regulations May Change

September 4th, 2014 by

Contributed by: Keep America Fishing & Bend The Rod

In response to declining populations of striped bass, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering a reduction in recreational and commercial fishing mortality by 25 percent. Changes to striped bass regulations could have a significant impact on anglers like you, so your input is needed to help ensure that these decisions are made in the best interest of the resource and all those who depend on it. As a Charter Boat Captain here in Cape May NJ this would be devastating.

Striped Bass

Right now the Commission is collecting public comments on Draft Addendum IV to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. They’ve put forth a variety of options for how to achieve the 25 percent benchmark over a one to three year period, including bag limits, size limits, slot limits, and allowing for trophy harvest.

This affects you! So what can you do?
Several meetings will be held throughout September that the public is free to attend. As a stakeholder in this decision, we encourage you to go. The full schedule with locations, dates, and times is below.

If you can’t be there in person, you can still give have a say on the proposed regulations. Send a message to Mike Waine by 5:00 PM (EST) on September 30, 2014.

Mike Waine
Fishery Management Plan Coordinator
1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
703.842.0740
703.842.0741 (FAX)
mwaine@asmfc.org using the subject line: Draft Addendum IV

Striped bass are arguably the most important saltwater recreational fish on the Atlantic Coast, so it’s critically important that managers get this right. If we don’t tell them what’s best for anglers, who will? To learn more, visit our Striped Bass issue page at KeepAmericaFishing.

Delaware

September 11, 2014; 6 – 8 PM
DNREC Auditorium
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware
Contact: John Clark at 302.739.9914

Maine

September 4, 2014; 6-9 PM
Orion Performing Arts Center
MSAD#75, Mt. Ararat Middle School
66 Republic Avenue
Topsham, Maine
Contact: Terry Stockwell at 207.624.6553

Maryland

September 25, 2014; 6-9 PM
Cadby Theater, Kent Humanities Building
Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, Maryland
Contact: Michael Luisi at 410.260.8341

Massachusetts

September 3, 2014; 6 PM
MA DMF Annisquam River Station
30 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Contact: Jared Silva at 617.626.1534

September 4, 2014; 6 PM
Viking Club
410 Quincy Avenue (Route 53)
Braintree, Massachusetts
Contact: Jared Silva at 617.626.1534

Pennsylvania

September 17, 2014; 6 PM
Silver Lake Nature Center
1306 Bath Road
Bristol, Pennsylvania
Contact: Eric Levis at 717.705.7806

Rhode Island

September 17, 2014; 6 PM
University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium
South Ferry Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Contact: Nicole Lengyel at 401.423.1940

New Jersey

September 4, 2014; 7-9 PM
Galloway Twp. Branch of the Atlantic Co. Library
306 East Jimmie Leeds Road
Galloway, New Jersey
Contact: Russ Allen at 609.748.2020

September 9, 2014; 7-9 PM
Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge #1506
Corner of Spruce Avenue and Cedar Street
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Contact: Russ Allen at 609.748.2020

September 15, 2014; 7-9 PM
Toms River Town Hall
L. M. Hirshblond Room
33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey
Contact: Russ Allen at 609.748.2020

New York State

September 16, 2014; 7 PM
Stony Brook University Wang Center Theater
Stony Brook, New York
Contact: Carol Hoffman at 631.444.0476

September 23, 2014; 7 PM
NYSDEC Region 3 Office
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, New York
Contact: Kathy Hattala at 845.256.3071

North Carolina

September 29, 2014; 6 PM
Dare County Government Complex
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo North Carolina
Contact: Michelle Duval at 252.808.8011

Virginia

September 22, 2014; 6 PM
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
2600 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor
Newport News, Virginia
Contact: Rob O’Reilly at 757.247.2248

September 23, 2014; 6 PM
222 Taylor Street
Colonial Beach, Virginia
Contact: Martin Gary at 804.224-7148

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