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ASMFC Spring 2024 Meeting Recap

ASMFC Spring 2024 Meeting Recap: Striped Bass Release-Mortality Work Group, Acoustic Menhaden Survey, and Cobia Draft Addendum II. Feature Photo – Captain Brian Kelley releasing a healthy bass. Arlington, May 2024—This past week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met for its Spring 2024 meeting. As far as ASMFC meetings

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Striped Bass Underwater

What to Watch for: ASMFC Spring Meeting

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) will gather in Arlington, Virginia this week for the 2024 Spring Meeting. As always, we are closely watching several of the Board and Committee meetings. While many important decisions on critical species were made in previous meetings, there are still a few things we

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A striped bass being released by an angler.

Talkin’ Striped Bass Spawn Dynamics

Consistent spawning production is paramount to a fishery’s long-term health. Many environmental factors are suspected to impact annual spawning production, and understanding these effects is crucial for conserving this fishery. For Atlantic striped bass, the right conditions are linked to high flows, a cool spring and a moderate temperature rise

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Net Pen Aquaculture: A Striped Bass Nightmare

There was a conversation during last month’s ASMFC Winter Meeting that floated under the radar but has major implications for our striped bass fishery. On Thursday, one day after the Striped Bass Board met to finalize Addendum II, NOAA staff gave a presentation about state involvement and the outlook for

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Letters to Santa & ASMFC

This weekend, many young anglers and advocates are composing final letters addressed to the North Pole, pleading for new rods, reels and fishing gadgets to round out their year. We hope the entire striped bass community will keep their pens and paper out for an additional note, as the written

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Striped Bass Board Delays Addendum II.

Addendum II for Striped Bass Fails to Move Forward for Public Comment at Summer ASMFC Meeting. “Fiddling while Rome burns” has become an art form for this management body. Feature Photo: Dan Zazworsky aboard with Capt. Zak Robinson. On Tuesday, August 1st, 2023, the ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board delayed

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NOAA Update With Major Fisheries Implications

Feature Photo: Rex Messing Monday, August 7, 2023 This afternoon the ASGA team was briefed by NOAA officials that the Fisheries Effort Survey has been overestimating recreational fishing effort. Our current understanding is that this overestimation is around 30-40%, as was discovered in a recent pilot study to evaluate potential

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Striped Bass Hanging Over Bow

Striped Bass Preliminary Numbers Tell the Tale

Tony Friedrich VP/Policy Director   We read your comments on social media. Many of you feel that our blogs are too dense when we discuss the science and policy of striped bass. We hear you. This one doesn’t have to be that way. The issue is cut and dry. The

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