10 November 2011

ASMFC Shelves Reduction of Striped Bass Harvest in Chesapeake Bay

”’I think it was appropriate,’ said Ed O'Brien, an official with the Maryland Charter Boat Association and the National Association of Charterboat Operators. ‘It puts pressure on the states to look at their own management to make sure they're doing all they can to protect the fish.’

”But supporters of the measure warned that the vote just delays the inevitable.

"’We will wake up in two years — after the next stock assessment — and find out that things are much worse than they were, and that the needed cuts will be much bigger,’ said Bradford Burns, founder of Stripers Forever, a non-profit conservation group.”

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