"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, there will be no fishing for striped bass in Connecticut waters after 01 April 2016.
DEEP official, Jack Cunner, 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 cancelling striped bass fishing 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 Sal Monroe, 64, who has run a fishing party-boat out of the Housatonic River since 1985.
"It's tough, though. With no stripers available to keep, few people are going to want to fish. I'm going to have to figure out what to do with nine months of little income."