I'm still working on the rec and comm distinction in Mass...Yes thought provoking with a good premise. Not exactly scientific in it's approach though,
"As things stand now, at least half of all stripers killed by recreational anglers die after they go back in the water. That's an appalling statistic."
what statistic? taken from what study? I tend to agree with most of the points made, but when you pull parts of your article out of thin air, it allows your detractors to pick the whole thing apart.
Ok, help me out here...This seems to me to all be pointing in the same direction...The big boys are getting slaughtered somewhere? Reds, come on, I know you have thoughts on this...The 2005 Totals from the ASMFC Report. Whether you agree or disagree with these figures, these are what we are governed by in our Striped bass quotas.
Rec Harvest……2.31 million fish. Discards….1.52 million. Total harvest 3.84 million (1.52 million...That number figures out to be 40%)
The ASMFC also reports that the rec harvest of 8+ year old fish is below the maximum target by a considerable amount.