In 2015, Maryland recreational anglers took 2.87 million trips with striped bass being the primary target. Compare that to 1.499 million trips in 2019, a 48% reduction! New Jersey is experiencing the same trend. Care to guess which two states are doing their best not to adopt more restrictive striped bass regulations that are badly needed for a reduction in fishing mortality?
Managing for abundance seems to be a scary concept for some people but the data clearly shows that the more stripers that are out there, the better it is for business.