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) has released Draft Addendum VI for public comment, a management document that aims to address the overfishing status of striped bass.
At this stage, the public is asked to provide input on a range of management alternatives including changes to size and bag limits (with consideration of using slot limits) and the mandatory use of circle hooks to address release mortality. Recognizing the importance of this management action, ASA established this page 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. Please check back on this page as we will continue to add content throughout the public comment period which ends on Monday, October 7th at 5pm (EST).