Greedy is human nature. Preservation (catch and release) is not.
Anyone spend time at the CC Canal this summer? Enough to make me sick. Like most people were back in 1950 never having heard the terms "preservation", "conservation" or "catch and release".
The easy way out of this is what happened in the 80s. The moratorium really resulted by a change in allowable PCB content, which prevented the meat from being sold due to health concerns. So you stop ALL sale and people think..."hmm, that fish has a lot of PCBs...maybe I wont' buy it for dinner (or maybe I won't bring home 89 fish this summer). Kill the supply AND kill the demand. If you just kill the supply and the demand stays there....then the market just goes black.
What's always been hard to understand is why legislators cannot be persuaded to protect the species purely from economic perspective. OK, look at the commercial guys. What's the bottom line / net sales annually (sorry- couldn't resist)? What's the bottom line on striper-oriented boats, motors, fuel, equipment, ice, bait, rods, reels, lures, restaurants, bars, hotels. And then multiply by .07 = state revenue (well- rooms and meals would be in addition to that) I have no idea what that number is for RI or MA...but somebody should know! And one thing I know is it would shock the heck out of most legislators. It would be a very, very large number. And, when stripers are gone again, how many guys will still take a week of vacation to fish or buy an $80,000 boat....or buy another $1000 rod and reel for surfcasting?