Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission may ban striped bass fishing

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission may soon put a ban on striped bass fishing.

Under the current rules, a fisherman is only allowed to keep two stripers and both have to be at least 28 inches long. The old rule was one of those fish could have been smaller. The fisheries commission changed the rule to ensure that stripers reach mature, spawning age before they are caught. Many fisherman like the old regulations better. One fisherman says this is because the smaller fish taste better.

New Jersey Anglers and lawmakers have been working on a compromise which would still allow fishermen to keep one fish between 24 and 28 inches, but the second striper would have to be at least 34 inches. However, because the Senate broke for summer before considering the bill the fisheries commission has threatened a moratorium starting September 20.

If striped bass fishing is suspended, it would affect the busy striper tournament season. Many shore businesses hope there is a speedy resolution because striper fishing generates approximately $25 million a year for New Jersey's economy.

Related link:New Jersey Fish, Game and Wildlife

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