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Entries in stripers forever (53)


Man Sentenced in Massive Striped Bass Poaching Case

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced William J. Lednum, age 41, of Tilghman Island, today to a year and a day in prison, followed by six months of home detention as part of three years of supervised release, for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and to defraud the United States through the illegal harvesting and sale of 185,925 pounds of striped bass.

LINK (via: WBO)

For every poacher that the authorities catch, far more slip cleanly away. 


Everyone who took part in this fight should feel proud

They almost got it right.

Charles Witek analyzes the recent AFSMFC vote on striped bass.

LINK (via: One Angler's Voyage)




The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Management Board will meet ten seven days from today.

In roughly 240 hours, we’ll know whether managers have taken meaningful steps to conserve and hopefully restore the Atlantic migratory striped bass stock, or whether they abandoned their obligation to the public at large and chose to pander to the small minority of people who profit from killing this public resource.

LINK (via: One Angler's Voyage)


Fish Mission: Cape Cod

A view from above and below of a stellar day on Cape Cod Bay with Captain Warren Marshall and Dr. Andy Danylchuk.


Striped Bass Need Your Help!

Here is your chance to make a difference for striped bass.

The Atlantic coastal states and jurisdictions have scheduled hearings to gather public comment on Draft Amendment lV to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass.

Captain John McMurray explains how you can make a difference by attending one of the public hearings or by sumbitting a written comment.

Below is a comment crafted by Stripers Forever that you can e-mail to Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator. (Subject line: Draft Addendum IV.)

I believe that reductions in striped bass quotas should conserve the greatest number of large fish in the shortest amount of time. It has taken way too long to get a commitment to conservation while the harvesting limits have stayed level in spite of a documented decline in the species.... especially the large breeders. I support the 25% reduction in quota in one year, the elimination of all trophy seasons, and conservative maximum size restrictions protecting fish over 34" in length.

Striped bass need your help, make your voice heard!


Two watermen plead guilty in striped bass poaching case  

Hopefully they throw the book at these guys, especially since one of these clowns is also accused of witness intimidation.

A fish poaching case that began in February 2011 with a discovery of mysterious, illegally set nets full of tens of thousands of pounds of striped bass off Kent Island is finally coming to a close.

Two Tilghman Island watermen pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to illegally taking 185,925 pounds of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay.

Michael D. Hayden, 41, and William J. Lednum, 42, admitted to selling the striped bass for $498,293 through a ring they operated between 2007 and 2011, according to court documents.

LINK (via: The Baltimore Sun)

Meanwhile, Maryland is actually slowing down striped bass recovery.