Be careful what you wish for. I live in Connecticut. It’s one of the most taxed and regulated states in the county. Our brilliant government just instituted a trout and salmon stamp. Now fishermen that would normally release the trout are keeping them to get their money’s worth.
one of the great things about Maine is the freedom that you enjoy. Don’t wish for the tags that will increase the expense of fishing. It really isn’t the answer anyways.
Protecting the biomass that measures from 28” to 40” is the key. However, for this to work, we t must be done on the entire east coast. All of the states must agree. Good luck with that! Also, only protecting them during the spawning season is laughable. The fish spawn every year.
A 30” striper caught and released in the Hudson River is fair game once it enters Connecticut waters. I think that fish should be free to spawn again next year. I release 95% of the stripers that I catch. I already spend thousands of dollars on fishing between tackle, boat maintenance , launching fees, licenses in 3 states, gasoline, lodging, and whatever else I forgot to list. Adding another fee for me to keep the two or three fish that would have died upon release is not a solution to the population decline. People need to look at the big picture.
The photo of the deck of the boat loaded with breeders is clearly a bigger problem. Ask the people on board if they are really going to eat those fish. They will probably reply, “How do you clean them?”