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Striped Bass Catch Limit Options: Have Your Say

Date Posted: 2019-08-13
Source: Chesapeake Bay Magazine

East Coast fishery managers are taking comments on a range of options that would slash striped bass harvests by 18% compared with 2017 levels as part of an effort to halt overfishing of the iconic Chesapeake Bay species.

The action comes in the wake of a stock assessment released earlier this year that found striped bass — long considered a management success story — were being overharvested and their coastwide population was well below targets established by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The commission, which represents state fishery managers from along the coast as well as federal agencies, expects to adopt new harvest levels at its October meeting. Those changes would be implemented by states next year.

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