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Public Hearing at VMRC October 28th at 12 Noon

VMRC to Consider Striped Bass Regulation Options for 2008
"The Commission proposes modifications to the upcoming December 2008 Chesapeake Bay recreational striped bass fishery. Currently, the regulation establishes a 1-fish limit, from December 10 through December 31, and that one fish shall measure either 18 through 28 inches or 34 inches or greater in total length. The Commission will consider options that lessen the number of days of the 1-fish limit, establish a 2-fish limit for December 10 through December 31, or maintain the current provisions of the regulation for December 10 through December 31."

Chesapeake Bay Quota
The Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Striped Bass (February 2003)
Amendment 6 implements a separate management program for the Chesapeake Bay due to the size availability of striped bass in this area. A Bay-wide quota for resident striped bass is established for the Chesapeake Bay and shares are allocated to Maryland, Virginia, and the PRFC. In 2007, the Bay-wide quota of 9,479,441 pounds was allocated among the three jurisdictions. (Based on historical harvest, Maryland is allocated ~52%, PRFC ~15%, and Virginia ~33%). Each jurisdiction then apportions its quota between recreational and commercial fisheries (Table 9). In 2007, the Bay-wide harvest was over one million pounds less than the Bay-wide quota.

The three scenarios that will be considered in the October 28th public hearing at VMRC:
a) Shorten the 22-day period when a 1-fish limit is in effect.
b) Establish a 2-fish limit from December 10 through December 31, thus allowing a 2-fish limit throughout December.
c) Maintain the status quo: 2008 regulations will be the same as 2007, a 1-fish limit from December 10 through December 31.
Changes to other restrictions from the 2007 season, are not under consideration and would remain in effect:
Chesapeake Bay Fall Season - October 4 through December 31
Minimum Size Limit............................................. .................18 inches
Maximum Size Limit .................................................. ......... 28 inches*
* One fish of the 2-fish possession limit may be 34 inches or larger; no fish may be kept between 28 and 34 inches.
Other Virginia restrictions: Anglers may not combine possession limits when seasons overlap, or when fishing in multiple jurisdictions. Gaffing striped bass, or attempting to gaff striped bass, is illegal in Virginia marine waters.
Federal water striped bass regulations: Atlantic Ocean waters beyond the 3 mile limit are closed to the taking and possession of striped bass all year.

Inasmuch as the 2007 harvest was 1 million pounds below the target for the entire Chesapeake Bay, and because increased fuel prices and an uncertain economy have curtailed fishing activity so far in 2008, there appears little risk of over-harvesting this year. Accordingly, there is a great deal of support for option (b) which allows a 2-fish limit throughout the entire month of December.

CCA VA also recommends the use of non-offset circle hooks when fishing with bait or live bait for striped bass to eliminate the chance of injuring or killing fish that are to be released. A non-offset circle hook is one with the point turned perpendicular back to the shank.

CCA Virginia urges you to comment on your preference for the 2008 December striped bass fishery. You should send your comments by October 24th so that they can be considered at the October 28th Commission meeting. Your comments can be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission using the information below.

E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 757-247-8101
Attn. Jack Travelstead
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA 23607

Please include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address so that your comments can be validated by VMRC. If you use e-mail, please copy your comments to [email protected]

This Angler Alert was provided as a public service by the Coastal Conservation Association Virginia (CCA VA). Feel free it to forward it to your associates. If you have any comments concerning this issue, or would like to have your name added/removed from the distribution list send an email to [email protected]. The stated purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. CCA VA is a 501 C-3 charitable organization whose goal is CPR for fish…Conserve, Protect and Restore marine resources for the benefit of all Virginians. Please visit our website located at Welcome to Coastal Conservation Association Virginia for more information.

Frank A. Kearney III Co-Chairman CCA VA Fisheries Management Committee [email protected]
Larry Snider Co-Chairman CCA VA Fisheries Management Committee
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