After sharp declines of striped bass populations in the ’70s and 80’s strong conservation measures led to a robust recovery. Unfortunately, stocks are again on the decline and it’s time for anglers to help do something.
Easier said than done.
“Female [spawning stock biomass] for Atlantic striped bass in 2017 was 68,476 [metric tons], below the SSB threshold, indicating the stock is overfished. [Fishing mortality] in 2017 was 0.307, above the F threshold, indicating the stock is experiencing overfishing. [internal references deleted]”
So we know that we’re facing a problem, and hopefully, we’re going to fix it.
Of course, saying that you want to fix a problem is easy. Actually doing something that will make a material difference always proves to be quite a bit harder.
LINK (via: One Angler’s Voyage)