On the front page of the March 2019 issue of the Chesapeake Bay Journal is an article titled, "ASMFC expected to set stricter regs for harvesting striped bass." It says that the latest stock assessment shows the striped bass population is overfished and has been for several years. Once the ASMFC accepts this new assessment, they have one year to enact a plan. The article goes on to state that minimum size limits are not an effective means to help the population because these limits lead to an increase in released fish which leads to more dead discards. Gear restrictions and a shorter season are suggested by fishery managers. Regardless of what action is taken, a drastic catch reduction is necessary to restore the population to an acceptable level.