At its annual meeting in Charleston, S.C., the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted, 11-3, to maintain the status quo. Maryland, which had voted earlier this year to get public opinion on increasing the commercial harvest, voted in favor of the motion.
The shrinking commercial industry hasn’t had an adjustment in quota since 2003. But states are worried that despite a healthy striped bass population, a recent downturn in juvenile population numbers might indicate problems in the near future.
Outdoors Girl: Commission opposes increasing commercial striped bass catch – Maryland parks and outdoors: Life in Maryland’s great outdoors by Candy Thomson – baltimoresun.com