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Entries in stripers forever (60)


Can we reduce striped bass bycatch?

In just a few more weeks, the first fish from New England will begin to appear in the waters off eastern Long Island.

And as soon as they do, the stories will start of hundreds of stripers floating dead on the surface, victims of trawlers that couldn’t, or couldn’t bother, to rein in their bycatch.

LINK (via: One Angler's Voyage)


Because down in New Jersey, any fish is a good one as long as it’s dead…

Charles Witek explains why New Jersey is so often radically out of step with fisheries managers from the rest of the coast when it comes to conserving fish stocks.

LINK (via: One Angler's Voyage)


Running the Coast: Official Trailer 

What happens when the world's largest migration intersects with a thousand miles of passionate, sleep deprived anglers? This multi-year odyssey following the Striped Bass, logs the mayhem of the striped bass migration ,and shows the challenge of finding a fish that can appear anywhere from the Chesapeake Bay to Portland Maine. It keeps countless anglers up at night. Or waking up in a cold sweat for fear of missing the run...In the end, we hope this salty journey can help save the Striped Bass for the next generation.

Normally I would be chasing the run this week and next on the Cape with Captain Warren Marshall and the good Doctor D. Unfortunatley, work obligations have me grounded in the PNW. This trailer for Jamie Howard's new film, Running the Coast, makes it hurt just a little more.


Celebrity Chefs Come Together To Save Striped Bass

Monte Burke reports on some celebrity chefs that have taken striped bass off their menus to help protect declining stocks. 

LINK (via:Forbes)


Any day now Bobby....

LINK (via: On the Water)


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.