5/23/2005 For Immediate Release by Stripers Forever
U. S. Congressman Frank Pallone Introduces Striped Bass Game Fish Bill and
Cites Southwick Study by Stripers Forever
Stripers Forever, a national organization of recreational anglers,
announces its support for HR 2059, a bill introduced last week by U.S.
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), the ranking Democrat on the House
Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans. The bill would prohibit the
commercial harvesting of wild striped bass in Atlantic coastal waters and
in federal waters up to 12 miles offshore known as the exclusive economic
?The Atlantic striped bass is a valuable resource along the Atlantic coast
and is one of the most important fisheries for recreational anglers in New
Jersey,? Pallone said. ?I have a long history of involvement in
protecting, preserving and enhancing the striped bass fishery, and I know
how critical it is to take action now so we can avoid the potential threat
of a collapse in the future. It is in this spirit that I would like to
designate the striped bass as a federal game fish.?
Pallone?s legislation would prohibit the commercial harvesting of striped
bass and reserve the resource exclusively for recreational fishing. New
Jersey is one of six states along the Atlantic Coast that already classify
the striped bass as a game fish.
In his introduction of HR 2059, Congressman Pallone cited the Southwick
Study, The Economics of Recreational and Commercial Striped Bass Fishing,
commissioned earlier this year by Stripers Forever. The landmark study
concluded that if commercial fishing for striped bass were eliminated,
"?future harvest levels would produce greater returns for coastal
economies and the national economy?" since "?fish captured by the
recreational sector are far more valuable on a per-pound basis than when
?The Southwick Study specifically forecasts 14,400 new jobs and a $1.79
billion increase in economic value to the U.S. economy by making wild
striped bass a gamefish coast-wide,? says Brad Burns, president of
Stripers Forever. ?Striped bass raised through aquaculture, which already
account for 60 percent of all the stripers consumed in America and could
replace the wild harvest within a year or two, offer a more consistently
available product than seasonally available wild fish. The Southwick Study
shows that wild striped bass and stripers raised through aquaculture
command almost identical retail prices.?
Game fish status for wild stripers would mean more jobs, a stronger
economy, and a more consistently available food source for the public.
?It?s a win-win situation,? says Burns.
For more information on Stripers Forever, and to view a copy of HR 2059,
visit the Stripers Forever website at www.stripersforever.org