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.
Close it down like NC. Why wait till its too late? Might already be there
I remember reading a long time ago about the 10 inch size limit on Bluefish. The article said the reason was that many Bluefish died after release and it was better to allow a 10 fish ,10 inch limit to discourage releasing fish that would die and be wasted.
Fishing can be anything you want it to be
Better learn the catfish game......... Gary
Why not instead of setting a minimum size limit, set a maximum size limit so anglers don't target breeder fish?
MD only takes 5 % of large breeder fish. ALL females are breeder fish. If they are in a cooler they will never reach a quality size for breeding.........Gary
Can you determine the sex of a striped bass when you catch one?
Only by size, shape and time of year mostly............ Gary
If you can not
Positively identify a female striped bass, your post regarding killing breeding females is useless. I can not identify and female striped bass.
While the sex of the fish can not be determined it is a general consensus that fish over the 32 inch mark are in excess of 93% female. The males rarely grow past the 32inch mark. Florida did a maximum size for the Red fish and were very successful in rebounding the stock. If we were to institute a maximum size of 30 inches we could still fish and protect the breading stock. Yes, I do understand we would be taking some of the females at a younger stage of their life but it would be roughly 50% male 50% female. According to NOAA, a female fish under 30 inches can produce 800,000 eggs while a female above 32 inches can produce in excess of 2,000,000 eggs so we can see the importance of protecting these mature cows.