Striper Fishermen, Time to Speak Up

Tell managers how you would like to see striped bass managed.

Striped bass are now at an incredibly important juncture that will impact the future of how the fishery is managed. If you care about striper fishing, please speak up!
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is developing an amendment to revise the management plan for Atlantic striped bass.
This is your opportunity to inform managers about changes you’ve observed in the fishery, actions you feel should or should not be taken in terms of management, regulation, enforcement, and research, and any other concerns you have about striped bass, as well as the reasons for your concerns.

Why is the ASMFC revising the striped bass management plan?

The last time a new plan amendment to the FMP was adopted was in 2003 (Amendment 6). Since then, the status and understanding of the striped bass stock and fishery has changed considerably, which raises concern that the current management program no longer reflects current fishery needs and priorities.
In particular, the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment, which described striped bass as overfished, led managers to discuss a number of significant issues facing striped bass management.

How can striped bass fishermen make their voices heard?

As the first step in the amendment process, The ASMFC recently released a management document that aims to gather input from the public on a variety of topics impacting striped bass management.

This Public Information Document (PID) seeks input from those interested in striped bass about changes observed in the fishery/resource and potential management measures. At this stage, they are asking the public to provide input on a range of specific management issues. You can attend a virtual public hearing, or submit comments via email. Schedule of virtual public hearings and instructions for how to comment.

What should I say in my comments?

Recognizing the importance of this management action, and the complexity and technical nature of this document, Keep America Fishing established a striped bass guidance page and a guide to help fishermen participate in the striped bass management process.

You can also check out guidance provided by the American Saltwater Guides Association (ASGA) on their Amendment 7 landing page, which includes links to their reference document and Guide Podcast discussing the PID.

We encourage all anglers interested in this fishery to participate in the management process by attending a hearing or submitting comment. Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of technical information! If nothing else, this is your opportunity let managers hear, in your own words, about changes you’ve observed in the fishery how you would like to see striped bass managed.

Schedule of virtual public hearings and instructions for how to comment.

Deadline for comment is 5pm  on April 9, 2021!

70 on “Striper Fishermen, Time to Speak Up

  1. Joe Nardolillo

    I have been an advid fisherman targeting striped bass my whole life. I understand most of the big fish are females and I know the value of catch and release. I think that holding commercial striped bass anglers to the same regulations as recreational in regards to the slot size would make a big impact in terms of the breeding population. I understand that striped bass is a big buisness and I come from ignorance as I do not support myself from selling bass. However I know for a fact that there are certainly other fish in the sea and supporting our fishery is of utmost importance so we can continue to see fish year after year.

    1. K Dickinson

      Commercial Fishing is going to make the biggest impact on the fishery. Good or bad. I wholeheartedly agree that the commercial guys should be held to the same standards as everyone else. I understand they make their living but its not only stripers they are harvesting. I would like to see my grand kids be able to fish in a healthy Striper fishery as well.

      1. Capt Bill Beym

        Stop commercial fishing NOW !..take rockfish off the market !.

      2. Derek Monfort

        I believe the only way to truely have a positive impact on striped bass is to make them a sport fish or atleast a moratorium until stocks improve

  2. Cam Jerrett

    2018 was some of the most amazing fishing I’ve experienced and witnessed. 2019 was good but not close to 2018. And 2020, despite putting probably triple the amount of time yielded way less fish in way more time. Completely noticeable change and it’s depressing to see it happen to such an amazing fishery. There needs to be change now.

  3. Leon Rosenberg

    I fish with a buddy in and around Raritan Bay. We both have boats which we keep in a local marina. In recent years, fluke fishing has been terrible and blue fish have been non-existent. Weak fishing is gone. Stripped bass is the only fishery we have left and it has been good, especially in the Spring. We are keenly aware of the need to practice conservation and don’t want to lose resource. Most people we know keep what is legal and return anything over that.
    If we lose stripped bass because of further restrictions, we will probably give up our boats and go on the occasional charter or head boat.

  4. Carl Adams

    Stop any commercial fishing of stripers and mandate the same laws in every state. Bag limit and size limit the same for ALL states

    1. Jason Gagnon

      The entire Eastern shore board needs consistency on the laws and striper fishing we don’t need to let our breeding fish travel South for them to only be scooped up by the next guy if we’re going to regulate one area you need to regulate the next so you can make the regulations work. Consistency is never a bad thing when it’s work towards a positive goal. We have slot sizes in recreational fishing that leave the bigger breeding fish alone stopping commercial fishing on striped bass on the East Coast for at least 10 years would be a great opportunity for ocean life to thrive. We also need to stop dragger boats from coming inside the bay especially from out of state. Those are resources for the State of Rhode Island we shouldn’t be giving our resources away when they can be used by our own people on our own state the Narragansett Bay is an essential waterway for the East Coast and provides breeding grounds for many many ocean creatures. It should be essential to stop the majority of commercial fishing from the interbay and brackish waterways.
      Fertilizers being leached into the Providence River is also another issue, nitrogen levels have been very high in the bay which deplete oxygen for fish and create even more issues .
      Jason gagnon Rhode island commercial fisherman ,
      Shellfish harvestor
      Avid hunter and natural resource enthusiest.

    2. Bill W

      Well said.. one year would make a huge difference. It’s got to apply to ALL… even Native American if WE all want to protect stripers. I’ve seen close to 1000 cows taken from one spot the dozen or so times I’ve been there… what about the times I didn’t see?? A lot of damage right there.

  5. Lee Janvier

    They should stop the large factory ship from entering our waters at least the ones off our Delaware and New Jersey’s shore line they should keep them off 100miles watched them for years as I night fish. And they shut off the mouth of the off with their giant net collecting everything that comes by small or large they don’t have a size limit they take everything

  6. Nathaniel G Lambeth

    I striper fish every spring. I catch an release all that I catch. The rod and real fishermen have little effect on striper populations. On the other hand commercial netters have a big effect on striper populations. Get the money and politics out of regulating all fish species and let the marine biologist make the regulations.

  7. Richard C Burt

    Remember early ’70s and how difficult was to catch from shore, few and far between in Connecticut. Strongly recommend total harvest at zero. Let’s give these wonderful fish a chance.

  8. Dan Perry

    stop commercial fishing of stripers-go back to 28 inches and up STOP COMMERCIAL POGIE FISHING. The reason I’m making a big deal of that is because I’ve been fishing stripers and bluefish for over thirty years. I remember schools of blues bigger than 10 football fields,literally, then the pogie boats came up from down south and pretty much wiped everything out,first the pogies,then the stripers and blues.

  9. Don

    There is an obvious problem but all need to participate commercial too Let’s save em
    for our kid’s sake!

  10. Kevin Duffy

    Limit commercial charters to the same regulations as everyone else. Get serious about poachers and those who keep undersized fish.
    Those moves alone will save tens of thousands of fish!

  11. Thomas Gerstenberg

    Stop any commercial fishing of stripers and mandate the same laws in every state. Bag limit and size limit the same for ALL states

  12. Christopher Palazzoli

    Recreational fishing only and same 1 fish limit per angler per day in every state.

  13. Moneyrot Pola

    The standard need to go across the east coast. And size limit should be in the smaller range. Some the big girl can past there genes down

  14. Charles Proctor

    i never understood why we are limited to keeping large fish most of which are breeding femails. Why no keep smaller small that are at least 50% males? Similar to the Atlantic salmon regs started years ago about slot sizes that could be kept. I never understood where commercial fisherman sell stipers – I have never seen stipers on the menu anywhere !! If they are going to NYC, then limit the sale of MA stipers to just MA , nowhere else.

    charlie Proctor

  15. Aaromiss

    Totally agree. I was just saying this earlier today. Commercial has the largest impact i think on the fish

  16. Gary

    Law enforcement should patrol the CC Canal at all hours. The reckless waste and taking of multiple fish, including shorts would be a great first step. Not to mention the aggresive bullying and fighting that goes on down there, not to mention the littering.
    I think recreational fishermen are a big part of the overfishing problem.

  17. Patrick

    We probably caught over 200 stripers last year and only one over the slot. That tells you something. We also did not keep a single fish yet I see so many others keeping small fish. With a 2.9% death rate on catch and release I support a ban on keeping stripers for recreational anglers. I can’t speak for commercial fishermen because I am not one. If you are fishing for the freezer there are plenty of other species in our waters to take home. Let’s give the stripers a couple of seasons to rebound.

  18. henry garrison

    Commercial fishing for stripers should be stopped. It also might help to adjust the slot size as the larger fish are the breeders and need to be protected. I dont see surf fishing as a major threat to the species, though the harvest from boats is huge.

  19. Dennis Smith

    Reduce the commercial menhaden (primary striper food) harvest in Virginia. Set additional limits on commercial fishing and charter fishing of stripers

  20. Roon

    Stop letting commercial fisherman take shorts . The super markets are filled with them . I obey the laws and so should they !

  21. Todd

    Trophy season in the Chesapeake Bay needs to stop. Targeting breeders to harvest is counterproductive and destroying the species. Also, states need to band together and create one standard limit and slot (IMO nothing over 32” is worth eating).

  22. Earl

    Stop gill net fishing and big commercial shrimp trawlers in NC estuaries!

  23. Tim Donnelly

    I agree with Carl Adams. I could never understand why each state had their own size limit and bag limit. Make the hole Atlantic coast the same. Or just close striper season for two years.

  24. T Donnelly

    I agree with Carl Adams I just couldn’t understand why each state has its own size limit and bag limit. I think the whole East Coast should be the same or close the season for two years and let the stripers regain its population. And stop killing the the big spawning fish. Take a few 20-25 inches and leave the big ones go there or the future

  25. John Anderson

    Something needs to be done to change the regulation that allows taking of stripped bass in January – May by commercial fishing and gill netting in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Most of the fish taken are egg bearing females on their way to spawn. The season need to be adjusted to protect these fish until after they spawn. John Anderson

  26. Muleskinner

    First, remove the ability of the states to regulate these fish. It’s clear that most if not all states that support a population of harvestable striped bass have monetized specifically for the commercial fishing industry. Second designate striped bass as a game fish so that all commercial fishing for this species ceases. Next mandate size and crew limits equally among all states that support a population of these fish. We also need a slot limit to protect their species similar to the slot limit that was introduced decades ago for redfish. The recreational season for these fish also needs to change. It needs to start after the spawn and end before the water temperatures rise in the summer and then restart again when the water temperature starts to fall. Catch and release fishing during the off season also needs to be prohibited as upwards of 10% of all fish caught and released will die within 3 weeks even if they appear to be released healthy. These fish also need a healthy population of forage to survive and thrive. Therefore companies that currently are allowed to remove large numbers of menhaden and other forage fish need to be shut down.

  27. John J Cerone

    Question? How could there be any moratoriums or any limits set on striped bass to bring back a healthy school of striped bass for both commercial and sports fishing if in Atlantic Waters especially Long Island sound between Connecticut and the northern coast of Long Island and also the South shores of Long Island or any of Atlantic Waters if there is no policing at all no intervention to check bag limits size and bag limits also licensing to restrict those that are constantly killing more than they’re allowed limits of striped bass

  28. bob

    hello there, i just want to say about 5 years ago i was not the fishing man i am today. i go out fishing with my oldest son and grandson as many times as i can. we both enjoy the sport of fishing. its fun its relaxing and gives us time to bond. the sport of striper fishing is great time. we go by the rules and regulations . we see alot of other fishing men enjoying the sport that we enjoy. i hope this can on forever.

  29. Adam McNamara

    The 28″ limit and the seals are the problem. Bring it back up to 36″.

    1. Alex DeMasi

      I cautiously agree with you on the size limit, but do worry about taking exclusively the biggest and most genetically robust fish. Seals were thriving before we wiped out our (and their) fisheries. Studies have shown that larger and healthier seal populations correspond directly to larger and healthier populations of fish, as well. This is all our mess, unfortunately.

  30. Dale Tripp

    The commercial anglers are held to a solid and well policed quota, by the state. when that quota is reached the season is over until the next year. The recreational season only ends when the fish are no longer there to be caught. A commercial fisherman does not play a fish until they can no longer fight, and has built a deadly level of lactic acid as do many of the recreational fishermen of all ages do. The commercial fishermen get the fish in as soon as possible ,and do not keep the fish out of the water, to admire and take pictures, which also make for even more trauma and lactic acid build up which will when reached a high level will kill the fish even if the fish swims away. Many days over the last years (1974 thru 2020). I have seen this happen time and time again and again, and have found dead stripers floating on top of the water, ( under size fish that are small enough to never have had the chance to reproduce). At best the biologist say that all fish caught and released have an 8% mortality rate. This being the case and the recreational fishermen outnumbering the commercial fishermen by as many 50 – 75 verses one. Then the QUESTION is who is really killing the most fish.

  31. Doug

    It would be an idea to allow some fisherman to be some kind of advisor rhru
    the nydec. I am a surf fisherman and I constantly see guys throwing strippers back in the surf with no regard to the well being or morality of the fish.

  32. john beyea

    why not try one rule for the hole east cost and no sail of striper anywhere look what happen to the cod fish, if you keep commercial fishing for stripers they will be trying to rebound just like the cod, they always let the commercial fisherman come out on top, still making all kinds of money taking stripers ,and us sport and recreational guys spend thousands on boats gear gas bait and tackle and if we are lucky we get to keep one fish between 28″& 35″ i wonder how many of just that size one commercial boat brings in in one trip and they go any time and place they want !!!!!!!

  33. Phil Jerowski

    Time to speak up?
    We’ve been speaking up for years
    The problem is nobody is listening
    Stripers dying
    Blues dying
    Cod gone
    Lobsters moving north
    Clams poisoned
    What the heck was fisheries doing all this time?
    Taking bribes from big commercial fish?

  34. John

    Put more regulation on commercial fishing and gill nutters ,they catch and kill large and small fish every day. HOW can I get someone to check out people putting Ginn netsout in Patuxent rivet?


    All avid, conservation minded fisherman have to take a stand and make a concerted effort to reply to this issue. This is our time to stand firm and stand united by attending the virtual meeting and submitting our opinions. Your opinion truly counts. These are the times we are living in. Fisherman, let’s show a united front by casting our opinions. Keep your limit and revive the releases with care.

  36. alan

    How about letting the recreational guys have some input on what,s going on ,,,also for surf fisherman a little more access to our ocean…too many NO parking signs

  37. Papa p

    I believe that all states should have the same rules and regulations . I have also seen how fisherman release fish. Even to the extent of kicking them back into the water. I fished 3 or 4 days a week for many years. I also see how the numbers have declined. As far as commercial fishing those quotas have declined and they have added days so they can try and reached there quota. Why are commercial licenses given to any one who applies??????

  38. Josiah Burch

    If the ASMFC is serious about conservation of the Striped Bass and over fishing……. the group has to take a hard look at stopping commercial fishing for 1-3 years and revisit populations. Commercial fishing has taken a toll on numbers in the Northeast.

  39. R. Cass

    Last year there were lots of sub 18 inch fish in the Chesapeake which says that the commercial guys are keeping everything larger. A minimum of 20 inches should apply to everyone. Additionally daily catch limits must be instituted. Seeing pound better boats come in with hundreds of fish versus my one fish is very disturbing. Current recreational limits are tight enough but commercial limits need to be in place to control the current over fishing by the commercial guys.

  40. Anthony c

    Anthony cordero a real sports fisherman all stripers I catch in California I do not take catch and release only so other fisherman can have a chance . Not like the greedy people out there . Yes we do need to conserve but what about the people who follow fish and game laws…..

  41. Dave Anderson

    Place a moratorium on commercial netting of striped Bass fo 2-3 years.

  42. Keith

    Let’s face it. There is not a lot of places to go fishing for stripers from shore to begin with. So the attention needs to be focused on boats and commercial fishing who have easy access to fishing key spots for the striped bass. Which they know and harvest from very well from and most of the fish caught are not of legal size.
    I, like many others did not catch a keeper in the 28-35″ range for 2020. I did catch a ton of 10-15″ and very few 16-20″. I also did not see a single person around me catch a keeper in the 3 months of fishing that I did.
    Start at the source. Bring forth your reasons for questioning the whole issue with striped bass and work from there. New England is the last place stripers come up to and we are not seeing slot fish. So these slot fish that are being taken has to be from down south. Between lack of bait fish for them to feed on as stated by many fishermen throughout the past decade from over harvesting. I think we need a new fresh perspective of people who can read these issues very well and actually do something about it. Give one year for people who make a living doing this a chance to find work elsewhere and bring back a once thriving fish to standard and keep it stable with boat anglers and shore fishing ONLY. Slot limit 28-32″ for the next 10 years. Weekly take of one fish only and register it if you plan to take home a keeper like deer hunting.

  43. Sean Donahue

    I think the commercial fishing should be stopped or at least watched. I have seen the large numbers of fish dead in the wake of the commercial fishermen who fish for the biggest fish and kick the all by catch overboard to die.
    Shut them down and allow the stock to rebuild.

  44. Stephen Hennegan

    Big money where I live. People come from many States to fish here. STOP THE CATCH OF 1 MILE LONG NETS TO KEEP THE STRIPERS!!! PERIOD. People don’t use Vacation Time to catch 28 inchers. Stop blaming me and my son for taking 1 fish a day! Thats RIDICULOUS!!!

  45. Jerry Lumina

    Put the commercial fisherman out of business. Time to learn a new skill. Don’t cry for em’ they sure didn’t cry for me when my industry went kaput. Times change. Quit living in the past. Quit whining. Quit the workin man entitlement syndrome.

    1. Alex

      Call me a socialist, but you’d think the Ocean State might want to invest some of the bond money I just had to vote on in training and employing commercial fisherman to work on conservation for a few years or so. Green crabs ruining our tidal ecosystems, fisheries dying out, the Providence River still hasn’t recovered from the hell we put it through when we were the Costume Jewelry Capital of the world… there’s a lot of work to do on the water around here. I wish people did more of it than just continuing to wipe out the animals in it.

  46. Richard landon

    After reading thru reply’s I don’t think you need thousands of people saying the same thing. The betters and commercial fishing needs to stop.
    The biggest problem is nobody is listening. I don’t think this will ever stop and I’m not sure why.

  47. Andy S

    They stopped commercial fishing red fish down south and declared them a game fish and they had an amazing come back. Why do we have such a hard time doing this with stripe bass, blues and weakfish??

  48. Jim Dodrill

    Just a couple observations from a 70 yr old lifelong fisherman. Thousands of miles from the Atlantic fishery.
    I fish Lake Powell regularly since the early 80’s. The primary target fish there are striper and walleye.
    There us no limit on either! The populations are so healthy the regs have been relaxed for a decade. How can this be? Simple, the waters are not raped by commercial take. There is no pig trough sanctioned by governing bodies. In fact the bordering states hold tournaments w/ prizes for tagged fish. The complete antithesis of the Atlantic fishery.
    If I may draw a parallel scenario for perspective. Here, in the west water is critical, extreme droughts are the norm. Believe it or not it can be illegal to collect the rain that comes off your roof! Yet, rivers & aquifers can be sucked dry with no regulation by commercial agriculture. Governing bodies here again allow exploitation a resource in favor of lobbyist donations and sympathy votes to the detriment of the citizens.
    If you don’t see what he issue is, you’re blind. If you are charged w/ being a manager of a resource under this situation you are doomed to failure and unprincipled.

  49. Donald Brogan

    So friggin sad
    The stripers have been dying for years
    Only recreational fishermen care
    Only we will notice when they’re gone
    Hope you like Chinese tilapia

  50. Nate

    They should do a complete closer of the recreational striped bass fishery on the entire east coast because you are the problem!!

  51. Logic 1.5

    Why bother, the fix is in. Just look at MA proposing to expand the commercial striper season for the brood stock.Just insanity.
    Maine use to have it right, one fish between 20-26” or one over 40”.
    I would be fine with one between 22-28” and one over 40”, I hate to release a fish that is as good as dead. Seems like unsportsmanlike conduct.

  52. Hank arkin

    There is no one single group to blame. Everyone has a stake in this matter. Recreational fisherman and commercial fisherman who take breeding cows are committing genocide. Commercial fisherman who indiscriminately take tons of fish cause problems. Anyone who does not release a fish properly is part of the problem. Not using circle hooks is a problem. Treble hooks are a problem. Not having a unified regional plan is part of the problem. Starting a season prior to the spawn is still another problem. Removing the caught fish from the water which have to be released is a problem. Politicians are a problem…… farmers rotate crops. In Israel farmers cannot plant or harvest crops in the 7th year. This gives a chance for the environment to rest. Give the fish a vacation. Change the season. Get rid of long lines and gill netting. There are many considerations so that one interest group is not bearing the brunt of conservation. We are all to blame.

  53. Max

    Change the out dated rules. We should leave the limits in place. But use a size slot to determine keeper fish. Recommend 20-30 inches. All fish over 30inches should be released large fish are our breeders and we need them more than they need us. Thank you

  54. Truman Curtis

    One of the main problems I encounter is the taking of sub-legal striped bass. A 22-26″ bass will feed a family. I see lines of undocumented immigrants in town parks and anywhere they can reach the shoreline taking sub-legal bass. I called our law enforcement and they did nothing–WHY?? Because it becomes an immigration issue instead of a conservation violation. Our law enforcement doesn’t want to deal with people who have no ID or license. I’ve watched first hand while reporting illegal fishing as the “police boat” circles the offenders and then never checks them for fishing licenses or what they have on board. It’s a damn shame and blatant stealing of our natural resources


    Put a moratorium on keeping the stripe bass commercial and recreational. And require circle hooks for all species

  56. Thomas

    Besides needing the same regulations in every state along the coast, we need to be able to keep at least one fish above the slot size. After a long fight most fish cannot survive even though they are never taken out of the water. As a result, there is an overwhelming amount of dead bass floating around or washing up on shore. If we were allowed to keep one fish above slot then the boat would call it quits and not waste anymore fish. We can’t just hook up to only 28-35” fish, its fishing not picking.

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