NC Striper Ban?

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It's a step and it's the first state to understand and address population decline.


Wednesday's emergency meeting was a follow-up to a meeting held back in February where a no-possession limit was put into place, which is essentially a closed-season for both commercial and recreational fishermen in Central Southern Management Area (CSMA) waters.

The CSMA encompasses all internal waters from just south of Oregon Inlet to the South Carolina line. The waters impacted include the Pamlico and Core Sounds and the Tar, Pamlico, Pungo, Bay, Neuse and White Oak Rivers and their tributaries.

According to NC Marine Fisheries Director Steve Murphey, the focus of the ban is on the protection of two successful year classes of striped bass in those waters, but the impact will be felt throughout the state.

Murphey said, "To me, on a resource issue like this, you have to look long-term and the health of the resource."

According to Marine Fisheries, esearch has shown that striped bass in the Central Southern Management Area are not a self-sustaining population and that fishermen are mainly catching hatchery-raised fish.

The proclamations mean recreational anglers and commercial fishermen cannot possess any striped bass, essentially a year-round closure, in coastal waters managed by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission.

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That inshore ban is fine as far as it goes.  What they also need to address is the commercial guys practice of "high grading".  They slaughter massive amounts of fish and toss the smaller ones overboard after they're dead.  

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