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    Striped Bass: Comment Participation and Conservation Equivalency – American Saltwater Guides Association

    AT ASMFC – MORE UNCERTAINTY WITH STRIPED BASS – American Saltwater Guides Association

    The menhaden reduction industry, specifically one notorious company in Virginia – Omega Protein, which accounts for over 70% of menhaden landings along the Coast – had essentially thumbed their nose at the Commission and willingly exceeded a cap on landings in the Chesapeake Bay, put in place by the Commission several years ago.

    The intent of such cap, which was based on the prior 5 years’ average landings, was to avoid localized depletion and the effects large-scale harvest might have on the Bay’s ecosystem. I don’t think we need to mention it here, but menhaden is of course one of, if not THE most important forage source for striped bass, bluefish and just about every other marine predator with fins or wings. So it certainly makes sense that if you take an extraordinary amount of menhaden out of what is THE most important estuary on the East Coast, there will be negative effects.

    Yet, there has been push back by Omega on the cap from the beginning, claiming that it wasn’t based on science, that it wasn’t necessary for the conservation of the species etc., all things that are intuitively incorrect. A complicating factor here is that menhaden is managed by the Virginia state legislature not Virginia’s Department of Marine Resources. As big companies often do, Omega has been able to “influence” legislators and there hasn’t been a successful vote to codify the cap. Thus, their argument was that they could exceed the cap and still be well within the law.

    That’s not true though. Virginia is bound by Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act, and should such a state be found out of compliance with the fishery management plan the decision gets bumped up to the Secretary of Commerce, which, if it agrees with such a finding, could declare a moratorium on menhaden landings in the state until the state comes into compliance.

    A few notes here. It’s good that the Commission had the guts to stand up to Omega. There was certainly a question as to whether or not it would. The Commission is rightly worried about whether or not the Secretary of Commerce will undermine it’s decision, given it’s acquiescence to New Jersey after a non-compliance finding back in 2017. That was the first time ever a Secretary of Commerce didn’t support a compliance finding. And it sure appeared like it was a political favor for a Governor with a good relationship to the current Administration.

    What happens this go-around is anyone’s guess. But we’re hoping that this Administration will see the folly in allowing a Canadian owned company to thumb its nose at the Commission, and pretty much tell us it’s gonna do whatever it wants. It would be good if some of these recreational fishing organizations with strong lobbies on Capital Hill started pounding on some doors (i.e. ASA, CCA, TRCP etc.) but it’s anything but certain that will happen.
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    Action Alert: Striped Bass Need Our Help, Part 1 - Orvis News

    A jumping tarpon is the iconic image of saltwater fly fishing. However, striped bass is the species that put saltwater fly fishing on the map. Stripers are the everyman’s fish. You don’t need to invest $100,000 in a boat and gear to catch them. They can be caught from shore, a boat, or a kayak.

    Fly anglers from North Carolina to Maine base their year on the striper migration. At this point in the game, you probably know that stripers are in trouble again. The population was decimated in the 70’s and 80’s. It wasn’t a water-quality problem, and it wasn’t a “cycle.” We simply killed too many of them. And, as humans tend to do, we let it happen again. Striped-bass stocks are measured on Spawning Stock Biomass (SSB). In layman’s terms, the stock is measured on how many spawning-age females are in the system. Male fish don’t count. The SSB is currently at a 25-year low and is falling off a cliff.
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    Let's stop the nonsense and make those 7-stripe wonders a game fish only. Clamp down on all who violate the regs/laws, and bring back a sustainable set of regs after the stock if fully replenished.

    I am curious about this Menhaden issue, so went to the Omega Protein website. It appears this company is in denial of allegations they violated the rules, check it out here ........

    Omega Protein Statement on ASMFC Non-Compliance Referral - Omega Protein Omega Protein

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    A few years ago an aggressively preservationist striper fly fishing guide had his boat sunk at his marina by the gang of nighttime fish poachers that deliver un-tagged bass to restaurants' back doors

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    "AFFTA Touts Win on Menhaden

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has upheld the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) finding that the State of Virginia has failed to comply with the Chesapeake Bay menhaden harvest cap, setting in motion a moratorium on harvesting the forage fish beginning June 17, 2020.

    “This is tremendous win for all of us in the recreational fishing industry as well as the species we all know and love as fly anglers that rely on this important forage fish species,” said Ben Bulis, AFFTA President. “We’re proud to have voiced our industry’s strong support of ASMFC’s recommendation to Secretary Ross." Angling Trade News

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    Orvis: A jumping tarpon is the iconic image of saltwater fly fishing. However, striped bass is the species that put saltwater fly fishing on the map.

    sounds like something that a company based out of Vermont would say but we all know the silver king has no match in the world of saltwater fly fishing

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