12 December 2011

Striped Bass: ASMFC Says Everything’s Wonderful

”According to the ASMFC, recreational landings have ranged from a low of under 750,000 pounds in 1989 to a high of 30.5 million pounds in 2006, along the Atlantic coast. In 2010, recreational anglers landed over 22.9 million pounds (1.99 million fish).

”This represents a 24 percent decline by weight and a 26 percent decline by number from the high in 2006, the report said.

”Changes in landings have varied by state, with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey showing an increase in number of fish landed and the remaining states showing a 45 percent decrease on average.”

Martha’s Vineyard Times

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