11 September 2014

• Stripers Forever Comments On Draft Striper Management Plan

“Stripers Forever is a not for profit organization that advocates for the conservation and responsible stewardship of striped bass.

”Stripers Forever (SF) believes that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has given too much consideration to reducing potential social and economic impacts on the commercial striped bass fishery, and too little on managing the striped bass fishery as a public resource for the greatest user of this resource, the recreational angling community and the industry it supports.

”The signs of diminishing abundance have been ignored for years and have finally resulted in yet another attempt to follow the failed policies of the past instead of actually doing something proactive to improve fish abundance. The draft addendum for public comment at best proposes measures that fit the “too little, too late” model that has plunged this resource toward pre-moratorium abundances and now proposes measures that have a 50% probability of failure….”

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