Did We Overfish Striped Bass in 2022?

Wrap your head around some of these striped bass landing numbers.

The striped bass harvest in 2022 showed a sharp increase, going from about 1,200,000 fish in the first ten months of 2021 to more than 2,500,000 by October 31, 2022.  The number of striped bass harvested by anglers in the first ten months of 2022 far exceeded the 1,840,000 fish landed in all of 2021.

Add release mortality to the harvest, and we end up with roughly 3,225,000 striped bass removals for the first ten months of 2021, compared to 4,275,000 removals—nearly 1,000,000 more—for the first ten months of 2022.

This increase in mortality may exceed striped bass recovery thresholds.

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