01 April 2013

• In Surprise Move, CT DEEP Cancels Striper Season: Action Necessary to Rebuild Stocks

HARTFORD: Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has announced that due to decreasing numbers of large striped bass and the low juvenile class counts in the Delaware and Hudson Rivers in the past few years, no commercial or recreational fishing for striped bass will be permitted in Connecticut waters from April 1 to December 31, 2013.

Hal Abbott, the DEEP press secretary, remarked that the striper fishery is the backbone of the fishing economy in Connecticut. However, in recent years, the dwindling catch has both fishery agencies and fishermen worried. Agreeing to a state closed season on striped bass is an important step in guaranteeing the future availability of this shared natural resource.

"I think it's probably the right thing to do," said Adolph Finn, 64, who has run a commercial fishing boat out of the Housatonic River since 1985.

"It's tough, though. We're going to lose our (fishing) community. People are going to have to figure out what to do with nine months of no income."

Click here to read the announcement at CTDEEP

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