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Entries in stripers forever (55)

Tuesday
Jan202015

How Should We Value Striped Bass?

"A good gamefish is too valuable to be caught only once." - Lee Wulff

When the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission put forth striped bass management proposals based on declining stocks, anglers came out overwhelmingly in favor of a one fish bag limit with a minimum size of between 28 and 32 inches.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum.

In New York those proposed cuts were watered done by tone deaf MRAC members on behalf of party boat operators.

Chares Witek lays out the conflicts of interest that are at play and asks the question, how do we value striped bass?

The various recreational fishing trade groups that like to pride themselves on the economic engine their members provide should be listening to folks like Charles Witek when it comes to fighting on behalf of striped bass.

Not as an icon that can never be killed, and not at two dollars a pound. 

Instead, it must be valued for what it is, the region’s iconic gamefish, which will always be worth more alive on the water than dead on the dock.

LINK

Saturday
Jan172015

Stripers Forever 2014 Survey Results

Stripers Forever has released the results of their 2014 Annual Angler Survey.

LINK

The complete 20 page PDF of the survey.

Wednesday
Dec172014

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. 

Friday
Oct312014

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)

Wednesday
Oct222014

WE SPOKE; WILL ASMFC LISTEN?

 

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)

Monday
Sep082014

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.