Why would I restrict my fishing when the commercial quota is going up?

Excellent question!  Because you are a steward of the resource.  We have all seen the dumpsters at marinas during trophy season or in the winter at the CBBT.  It is sickening to see our future rotting in a metal bin.  To ignore the fact that we are part of the problem is completely irresponsible.  Is this how we want to be remembered by our children and grandchildren?   Striped bass are under intense pressure and fisheries management is lagging behind the issue.  It is up to us to help the fish we love.


Can the commercial sector take the unused recreational allocation that arises from My Limit is One?

Technically, yes but logically no.  There are set recreational and commercial quotas.  It would be a monumental task to shift allocation from sector to sector.  We are ready for any action against our conservation efforts.

Why should I throw back a legal 18 inch fish?

The 2011 year class must enter into the coastal stock in 2018.  That year was the last good spawn in ten years.  For that reason we feel they need to be protected.  These fish will be under extreme pressure in 2014.  Weak year classes in 2009 and 2010 leave the 2011 fish exposed to higher than normal landings.  They need our help.

I am not from Maryland and wondering why 18inch fish are legal to harvest?

Maryland is considered a “Producing Area” and is managed differently than the coast.  Striped bass spawn in our waters and leave when they reach age 7 and approximately 28″.  Those fish enter into the spawning stock biomass (SSB) and become the migrant coastal stock.  So, if you live on the coast, please understand that there is a better than average chance that the stripers you catch were born and raised in Maryland.  You want us to grow them for you and not catch them?  Go back to Jersey ya bum!


Why should I throw back a fish over 36 inches?

These fish are the spawning stock biomass (SSB).  Their numbers are in serious decline yet we continue to fish for them at a constant rate.  Fisheries management is lagging behind the reality that fishermen are seeing up and down the coast.  The dramatic decline of striped bass SSB is a death spiral for the stock.  Striped bass are long lived , slow to become sexually mature, and have dramatic variations in spawning success based on factors that are completely out of our control.  We need to save the SSB to give them the best possible opportunity to have a great spawn when the environmental conditions are just right.


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