CBF Issues Statement Following ASMFC Decision to Reduce Harvest of Striped Bass

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement following the decision of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to reduce harvest of striped bass. In response to a declining striped bass spawning stock and pressure from recreational fishermen, the ASMFC cut the coastal catch of adult female rockfish by 25 percent and the Bay's catch of younger, male fish by 20.5 percent.

"The action to protect females will help reverse the spawning stock decline, and, as rockfish numbers increase, it will improve the quality of the recreational fishery, in the Chesapeake Bay and especially in New England where anglers have seen severe drops in catch in recent years.

"It will be essential for the ASMFC in the coming year to match this aggressive step with equally strong action to boost numbers of menhaden and other prey species upon which rockfish depend."

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