09 August 2012

• Striped Bass Tagging Program Approved By ASMFC

”The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board has approved Addendum III to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The Addendum establishes a mandatory commercial tagging program for all states and jurisdictions with commercial striped bass fisheries and recommends increasing penalties for illegally harvested fish.

”The tagging program includes requirements for timely catch reporting, increased accounting of unused tags, improved standardization of tag type, and the use of biological metrics for determining state/jurisdiction tag quantity.

”These measures are intended to prevent commercial striped bass quota overages and the illegal harvest of striped bass.”

Source: NJ.com

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