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Old 06-01-2006, 11:50 AM
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Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act; Atlantic Striped Bass
Fishery - scoping process - public comment period extended till 6/26

Below is a summary of change options being discussed and a link to the complete text.

On April 24, 2006, NMFS announced its intention to re-open the scoping process and accept further comments on the recommendations contained in Amendment 6 to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass (Amendment 6).

Options being considered:
(1) open the entire EEZ, implement a 28-inch (71.1-cm) minimum size limit, and allow states to adopt more restrictive regulations for fishermen and vessels licensed in their state (ASMFC recommendation); (2) open the entire EEZ, implement a 28-inch (71.1-cm) minimum size limit, allow states to adopt more restrictive regulations for fishermen and vessels licensed in their state, implement a recreational bag limit of 2 fish per day, require circle hooks for all commercial and recreational hook and line fishing using bait, and commercial trip limits and bycatch trip limit
options; (3) open the entire EEZ, implement a 28-inch (71.1-cm) minimum size limit, allow states to adopt more restrictive regulations for
fishermen and vessels licensed in their state, allow hook and line gear
only, implement a recreational bag limit of 2 fish per day, require
circle hooks for all commercial and recreational hook and line fishing
using bait, and implement a commercial trip limit of 30 fish per trip
or day whichever is greater; and (4) status quo - maintain moratorium
in the EEZ. to see complete text
For Stripers Forever response, and email address for giving your comments please see preceding post (Reopening the EEZ...)
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:46 PM
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you should post this is in the main board too.
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:57 PM
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Make sure you guys send in the letter via email
(stop the reopening the eez)
and sign up for stripersforever. It doesnt cost anything.
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:55 PM
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There's been a lot of dialogue about this. Brad Burns, Stripers Forever, sent in this info to add:

"All of the EEZ is not comprised of remote offshore waters. Much of the effort to reopen the EEZ is generated by a few rod and line commercials from MA who want to fish on Nantucket Shoals. Some of the best tide rips there are beyond three miles from land. Most of the remaining sentiment comes from southern VA and NC where significant shallow water wintering areas extend out beyond three miles.

It is a mistake to view the presence of firm commercial quotas as being protection against increased mortality by allowing fishing for striped bass in the EEZ. Opening the EEZ can only make it easier to catch more large stripers. This will cause the quotas to be reached faster, create more high-grading, and further encourage the black market for striped bass. Just look at MA where 75% of the commercial permit holders report no sales of striped bass. It defies logic to think that many of these permit holders don?t use the license simply to transport large amounts of striped bass for cash sales. No estimate of these illegally taken stripers is charged against the existing quota despite the fact that arrests and convictions are regularly reported in the news. Currently the EEZ acts as something of a refuge for large fish that are already being overfished, and we think it should stay that way.?
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