Striped bass are arguably the most popular saltwater fish on the Atlantic coast and are now at an incredibly important juncture that will impact the future of how the fishery is managed. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently released a management document that aims gather input from stakeholders on a variety of topics impacting the management of the striped bass fishery.
At this stage, the public is asked to provide input on a range of management issues including (1) fishery goals and objectives; (2) biological reference points; (3) management triggers; (4) stock rebuilding targets and schedule; (5) regional management; (6) management program equivalency; (7) recreational release mortality; (8) recreational accountability; (9) coastal commercial allocation; and (10) other issues.
To provide a fishing analogy, think of the PID as an empty tackle bag. At this first stage, we are just trying to make sure ASMFC has all the right tackle in the bag, at a later stage we will make recommendations on which specific lures to use.
Recognizing the importance of this management action, and the complexity and technical nature of this document, ASA established this page and a guide (see below) to help the recreational fishing community participate in the striped bass management process.
The following resources are intended to assist anglers in learning more about the proposed action and engaging with ASMFC in the management process for striped bass. We encourage all anglers interested in this fishery to participate in the management process by attending a hearing or submitting comment.