1. Wow, I thought Chesapeake and it’s Stripers had come back gang busters. Have we reached a point where they are in trouble again? I only get out there about every three or four years of so. Consequently, I’m not that up on their status.

  2. Ban it from restaurant menus as it was done in New York State in the past, do away with the two fish limit for charters and a slot size in the 20’s only will go along way to preserve our beloved fish.

  3. That just sucks! Being an in-lander, I’ve often been curious about the fact that there isn’t any license requirement for inshore ocean fishing. I know them’s fightin’ words for sea faring folk, but I have to wonder it that might help the situation a bit. I can see that it’s done a great deal for rivers, lakes and streams on land. Still, it’s a whole set of new issues I’m sure, probably two separate problems, and I’m not fan of government or regulatory interference. It’s very depressing though. I remember what the last collapse was like, nothing short of devastating to the economy. I thought the lesson was learned last time around. Obviously not.

  4. Why am I the only one that does not think this is that awesome? I love SF of course. but more and more and more I want the rec fishermen to be more aware of what they are doing. The commercial guys are only a small piece of the pie. Just glance at the party boat reports and see the fish they are killing in our area… not just them but us rec fishermen in general… even if you are not keeping the fish, the way you catch them can kill them hours later… etc etc etc….

      1. Stripers Forever recommends addressing recreational bag limits as part of the solution. The game fish bill SF is pushing in Massachusetts includes a 50% reduction in the rec harvest. Anyone who thinks this is all about simply grabbing all the catch for “elitist” sports is either uninformed or being intentionally deceptive.

  5. I commend Brad Burn’s enthusiasm and drive, however videos like this drive a stake between comm. and rec. fishermen when we really need to begin working together. NOAA’s catch share program is a far more threatening nemesis to the striped bass fishery than any commercial enterprise.

    Please educate yourself about catch shares so we can move past the rec./comm. debate and save our right to fish period. Pick up an issue of the Big Game Fishing Journal or Google catch shares if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

      1. When you follow the issue of striped bass fishing from state to state it’s not a catch shares issue, but one of lopsided management influence. In Mass it’s a hook and line fishery that lasts less than two months and is dominated by fishermen who pay $65 for a permit to sell their catch, and who do so to pay for their bait, tackle, gas, and coffee. No one is earning their living with stripers here. The numbers (total catch/permits/dock price) simply do not support that notion. I’ve been at public hearings when the *true* commercial fishermen complained that it wasn’t worth it for them to bother with striped bass because the ‘recremercial’ fishermen flood the market on day one (a practice known as ‘ice fishing’ because of all the fish that are caught and put on ice to sell when the fishery opens) driving the price down without enough time to recover.

        In Maryland the problem of poaching is well known with illegal gill nets killing tons of fish and the number of prosecutions only scratching the surface of the total black market in the Chesapeake. And, of course, we’ve all seen the slaughter that happens off North Carolina because there’s no disincentive to overcatch, so you’ve got beach netters and trawlers scooping up as many fish as possible, and culling dead discards to ensure the maximum poundage.

        While NOAA reports an 84% drop in recreational landings here in Massachusetts, and the ASMFC has recorded very poor spawning success for the last seven years in the Chesapeake, the commercial quota has remained the same. The commercial influence on that committee cannot bring itself to do the right thing.

        I agree that catch shares are destroying fisheries such as cod by pushing smaller fishermen out of the industry and encouraging the big factory ships, but for an inshore fishery like stripers catch shares is really not relevant.

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