Statement from DNR Secretary Joe Gill on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass action:
“This week’s decision by ASMFC acknowledges its strong commitment and shared responsibility in managing striped bass, a flagship species along the Atlantic coast. A 25% reduction to the coastal fisheries is needed, as these are the areas that primarily catch large, female striped bass and have been the principal cause for the elevated coastwide fishing mortality levels.
Maryland, along with its Bay partners of Virginia, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the District of Columbia, presented a strong case for requiring lower reductions to our Bay fisheries. While the approved reductions are higher than we requested, we appreciate that ASMFC was able to recognize the inequities of the situation and agree upon a reduction that attempts to balance the level of conservation with the socio-economic needs of our local communities. The ASMFC also made a strong commitment to develop Chesapeake Bay reference points, which will take into consideration the predominance of male fish in this fishery.
As a strong partner of ASMFC, Maryland is committed to implementing the required actions. Over the next couple of months, we will be working with our fishermen to develop the final rules that need to be in place prior to the beginning of the 2015 fishing season.”
To better understand how ASMFC’s decision will affect Maryland anglers, see the summary here.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 2014 juvenile index ─ a measure of striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay ─ is 11.0, nearly equal to the 61-year average of 11.7. The results indicate a healthy level of reproduction for Maryland’s state fish. Read more
Lawrence “Daniel” Murphy, 37, of St. Michaels, pleaded guilty today to attempting to violate the Lacey Act by trafficking in illegally harvested striped bass.
The plea agreement was announced by Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland; Col. George F. Johnson IV, Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police; Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; and Honora Gordon, Regional Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more
An investigation by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and allied State and local agencies resulted in the charging of five anglers in Charles County last Friday for illegally fishing for Striped Bass in a spawning area and catching other protected fish. Read more
The spring recreational fishing season for Maryland’s iconic Striped Bass, better known as rockfish has sport fishing anglers out on the water hoping to reel in a big one. The State’s Chesapeake Bay spring Striped Bass season runs from April 19 through May 15 with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches.
“The spring season offers recreational anglers a great opportunity to enjoy time on the water with friends and family and share the excitement of fishing for trophy-size rockfish,” said DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. Read more
A Lanham man pleaded guilty Friday, April 18, in Annapolis District Court to charges he caught 228 undersized striped bass during a fishing trip last summer.
Jose R. Amaya Chicas, 34, was fined $2,000 and given probation before judgment.
Hervin O. Nunez-Aleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a single violation. He was fined $2,000 and placed on unsupervised probation. Read more
Spawning success increases over last year but remains below average
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 2013 Striped Bass juvenile index ─ a measure of Striped Bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay ─ is 5.8, a substantial increase over last year’s results of 0.9, but below the 60-year average of 11.7. The survey is conducted to track the reproductive success of Maryland’s State Fish, which is known to be highly variable from year to year. Read more
DNR Sets a May 10 Striped Bass Commercial Control Date for Quota Allocation
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service is making a significant management change to the commercial Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass fishery. DNR is working to meet fishing industry goals, create a more sustainable system, increase accountability and make it easier for police to enforce the law. The system will also comply with new Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission requirements. These changes are the result of extensive meetings with the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission’s Striped Bass Industry Workgroup over the past 18 months. Read more
With the spring season opener kicking off tomorrow, Maryland’s iconic striped bass, better known as rockfish, has area anglers preparing to get out on the water in hopes of reeling in a big one. Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay spring Striped Bass season opens at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches through May 15. Read more