What ASA is Doing
We supported the conservation-based decision in 2020 to address reductions in the Atlantic striped bass fishery and advocated for the cut to be shared equally between the recreational and commercial sectors.
As a follow up, ASA and other partners sent a letter to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources regarding the pending 2020 striped bass regulations and expressed concern over the lack of public input in the Department’s management process.
Starting in 2021, the Atlantic striped bass fishery will be required to use circle hooks when fishing with live or dead bait. This circle hook rule change is a conservation measure and will be new for several states. Because the use of circle hooks is not the most intuitive, ASA partnered with Keep America Fishing and On The Water to develop education and outreach materials to help the states inform their anglers about how best to use circle hooks. Check out one of the videos here.
In March, 2021, Mike Waine participated in a Chesapeake Bay Foundation sponsored panel discussion about the top priorities for the next phase of striped bass management. The discussion focused on both the Chesapeake and Coastal striped bass fishery and it provided a good opportunity to inform the public to get involved and participate in the management discussion.
In March, 2022, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMRC) released Draft Amendment 7 and asked for input from anglers on a variety of topics impacting how stripers are managed. Topics under discussion included: (1) management triggers; (2) recreational release mortality; (3) stock rebuilding plans; and (4) conservation equivalency. Since the proposal was extremely complex, Keep America Fishing launched an education/activation campaign urging East Coast anglers to “Get Involved in Striped Bass Management.” The campaign included an informational guide to help the sportfishing community understand the complex proposal, an online Action Alert targeting supporters on the East Coast and a series of state-specific email updates encouraging anglers to attend a webinar or in-person meeting.