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NC PROCLAMATION BANS COMMERCIAL STRIPER FISHING

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According The the article, most striped bass caught in the region that was closed are hatchery raised fish. Unfortunately I’m not sure this does much to protect wild striped bass. 

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1 hour ago, JTR said:

According The the article, most striped bass caught in the region that was closed are hatchery raised fish. Unfortunately I’m not sure this does much to protect wild striped bass. 

It's a distinct regional stock of fish.  The coastal migratory stock that winters off North Carolina is not affected.

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Its only the Albemarle river stock, which spends it whole life in or near NC. A different race of fish from the ones we fish for.

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True.  A distinct and separate population of fish from the Chesapeake and Hudson River stocks.  If it's a step in the right direction, it's a baby step and many years overdue.  DNA surveys have shown that 90% of the stripers caught in the Neuse, Pamlico drainages are hatchery raised and that there is almost no recruitment even though water quality and spawning habitat should support it.  Why?  Because the majority of large, prolific females are scooped up in gillnets.  Taxpayer funded subsidy to a handful of gillnetters and the reason why striped bass have not recovered in this region while they have made significant progress in the Roanoke River just a few miles north.  The proclamation only removes gillnets from a portion of the Neuse Pamlico system, so the problem isn't totally solved.  They just removed them from portions of the rivers where stripers were being hauled in in much larger numbers than were actually reported under the guise of fishing for Hickory Shad or Mullet. 

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