14 September 2009

Bad Stripers...Baaaaaad!

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Where Have All the Herring Gone? Gone to Stripers Everyone!

“Biologists believe dramatic drop of blueback herring in Connecticut River caused by increase in striped bass…. Blueback herring once teemed in the Connecticut River, with well more than a half million returning upstream from the ocean to spawn in some years in the 1980s.”

Read the story in MassLive.com

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NY To Ban Shad Fishing

“State regulators plan to ban commercial and recreational fishing for American shad, saying the population remains at its lowest record level despite efforts to restore it by restricting fishing….

“Shad, like salmon, hatch in rivers, spend their adult lives at sea and return to their inland birthplaces to spawn. In 2007, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission conducted a coastwide assessment of American shad and concluded that the Hudson River shad stock has declined dramatically since the 1990s.”

Story in Newsday.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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