Fishing Report: Striped bass need our help

As other anglers do, I like to fish for striped bass. It was designated Rhode Island’s official state fish in 2000. It is also the state fish in New York, Virginia and New Hampshire.

On Aug. 8 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which regulates striped bass in state waters, will be discussing striped bass and options on how to rebuild the species, which has been and is being overfished. This means that, based on the best available science, the Spawning Stock Biomass (SSB) of striped bass is too small to sustain the fishery. If we continue to take fish at the rate we are taking them, the science says the stock will continue to crash.

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