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Atlantic Striped Bass Regulations Might Change

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering a reduction in recreational and commercial fishing mortality by 25 percent.

September 3, 2014
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****Here’s what you need to know:****
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 can help ensure that these decisions are made in the best interest of the resource and all those who depend on it.

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.

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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)
[email protected] 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.

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