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Old 11-13-2004, 12:46 AM
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Default STRIPERS FOREVER attends NH ASMFC striped bass meeting

Well, looks like the rumors I had been hearing towards the end of the Summer into the Fall are atleast partly true. I remember Pete Jr. from Defiant mentioning to me more than a few times that the Striped Bass are being overfished, and he said there was talk of lowering the catch limit to 1 per person per day in NH.

If you read below, it seems these conclusions are correct, but it also seems they are not going to do anything about it. This seems weird to me.


Stripers Forever ? We attended the most recent Atlantic States Marine
Fisheries Commission ?ASMFC? striped bass management board meeting in New
Hampshire on 11/10/04. Here is a synopsis of what we heard and our
comments on a number of relevant issues.~

A. Stock assessment for the 2003 fishing year:~ The ASMFC stock
assessment report shows that striped bass 7 years and older along the
coast are being heavily over-fished.~ The report also shows that the
spawning stock biomass has been dropping for several years, and that by
the end of 2003 had fallen to mid-1990 levels -- just barely above the
level set as the minimum target, or ?threshold.?

The apparent increased mortality and spawning stock decline were so
dramatic compared to previous estimates that the members of the ASMFC
Technical Committee were obviously confused. After much discussion, the
committee members admitted that they could not agree on the accuracy of
the findings.~ The net result was that the management board decided to do
nothing, opting to wait to see the 2004 numbers before considering any

FYI, this report uses data already a year old, and does not fully reflect
the effect of increasing bag limits to two fish by several states. In
fact, NY is just going from one to two fish over 28 inches for its
recreational anglers in the 2005 season.~ The 2003 ASMFC Technical
Committee assessment also does not reflect the compound e
ffect of a second
year of coastal commercial fishing at a 40% increase in quota.

B. Status of reopening the EEZ. The National Marine Fisheries Service
asked the management board if they wished to put the proposed reopening of
the EEZ on hold.~~ NMFS was concerned that the latest available data
indicated a very high mortality rate on large fish and that the ASMFC
Technical Committee could not confirm the accuracy of its own findings.

This led some board members to put forward a motion to stop further
consideration of reopening the EEZ until the 2004 stock assessment was
available.~ Paul Diodati from Massachusetts, the lead proponent of
reopening the EEZ, greeted this motion with an angry diatribe and stormed
out of the room threatening the ASMFC board with severely damaged
relations with his state if the measure passed.~ The motion did not pass,
losing 6 votes to 7. But the NMFS representative said that the matter may
be put on hold anyway until NMFS sees the 2004 stock assessment.

Summary ? The results of this meeting demonstrate why striped bass need to
be designated as game fish.~ There are compelling reasons to be concerned
about the direction the striped bass population is heading .The
recreational community will gladly reduce its catch to safeguard the
striper population.~ Everyone knows that.~ But the states with commercial
fisheries want to hold on to every bit of quota they can get for their
commercial fishermen.~ This historic reluctance to be conservative is the
hallmark of virtually all fisheries managed for commercial harvest.~ While
striped bass is largely a recreational fishery -- the current catch of
stripers is 3 to 1 recreational over commercial, and the number of
participants is about 1,000 to 1 recreational over commercial -- the
commercial fishing quotas always get first consideration.~ That is very
unlikely to change as long as a commercial fishery of any kind remains for
wild striped bass. The values of the commercial fishery, which depends on
killing fish to sell, and the values of the recreational fishing public,
whose first desire is to have good fishing, are simply incompatible.~
We will continue to monitor these important developments with striped
bass, and let our members know how and when it would be important for them
to send in comments to the fishery managers.

Brad Burns

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Old 11-13-2004, 11:59 AM
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Hey JB, I have been thinkin that we should be posting Stripers Forever stuff on this site. I'm glad you did. I think NH should only be one fish, I know there are alot of people that keep way too many fish in a season. I don't mean illegaly, they just keep their limit every chance they get.
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Old 11-13-2004, 02:12 PM
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Yeah, if its relevant enough I'll post something up lol.

I know a few people that are like that too. We saw one of em at Dead Duck this season :) Bring the whole friggin family down to the dam, 7 people, take home 14 Striped Bass. Makes my head spin. I just can not understand what these people are thinking. I hope they succumb to mercury poisoning ;)

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Default Fishing Agency Won't Cap Rockfish Harvests

Fishing Agency Won't Cap Rockfish Harvests

Nov 12, 2004 4:00 pm US/Eastern
Aberdeen, MD (AP) Despite calls to restrict the harvesting of menhaden, a regional fisheries agency has declined to impose any limits.

The Menhaden Management Board of the 15-state Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission declined to cap commercial menhaden fishing at a meeting yesterday in New Hampshire.

Instead, the board called for more extensive research on the fish that plays a vital role in the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.

That motion was sponsored by board member Pete Jensen, an associate deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Menhaden are small, oily fish that are the foundation of the Chesapeake Bay's food chain. They are the primary food source for striped bass -- Maryland's state fish, known locally as rockfish.
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Old 11-15-2004, 12:32 AM
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Default Depletion of menhaden in Chesapeake affecting New Jersey

Published in the Asbury Park Press 11/14/04
Depletion of menhaden in Chesapeake affecting New Jersey

The importance of menhaden to the recreational striped bass fishery is being understood by more than a handful of veteran trophy fishermen as the season enters its final phase without the appearance of big bass.
Big fish gravitate to the food source, and rainfish and baby bunkers are not the forage that excites heavyweight bass. There have been virtually no big bunkers along the beach in the last few weeks.

Herb Moore Jr., director of government affairs for the Recreational Fishing Alliance, said last week's Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting underscored how much work has to be done in the management of the menhaden and striped bass fisheries.

"We're focusing on the menhaden stocks in the Chesapeake Bay," he said. "Menhaden are the prime source of food for striped bass in the bay, and we're working with the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association and RFA members in that area to get more protection for the menhaden."

Recreational fishermen, commercial fishermen and scientists all are worried about what appears to be localized depletion of menhaden stocks in Chesapeake Bay, the major producer and nursery estuary on the East Coast for striped bass.

Biologists have found that striped bass survival in Maryland and Virginia waters has declined since 1998, and between 25 and 40 percent of the striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay are infected with a potentially lethal bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, not dangerous to humans.

The scientists also found that 70 to 80 percent of the stripers in the bay have no visible body fat and resemble fish that have not eaten in two months.

The ASMFC decided Wednesday to approve a motion written and spearheaded by Pete Jensen, assistant secretary of natural resources in Maryland, that directs the commission's menhaden board to examine the ecological role of menhaden in the bay.

Menhaden support the reduction fleet based in Virginia, and were one of the top 10 money producing species on the East Coast with a value of $24.4 million in 2003.

The commission's management board and the technical committee will meet in early February to outline new goals for the menhaden stock structure.

Bill Windley, president of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, has been pushing for better management of menhaden for years.

"Unless the board backs away from this issue, and I do not see that happening, they have chosen a well-organized approach which will ultimately find and implement the right measures for the management of the fishery," Windley said.
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