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More Commercial Bass Days - Have Your Voice Heard!

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The information below comes directly from the Massachusetts Division Of Marine Fisheries Advisory published recently. You still have time to have your voice heard on this matter. I'm not going to express opinions on what needs to be done, but simply encourage folks to get involved in this matter. IT'S IMPORTANT!

 

Striped Bass.
The 2019 commercial striped bass fishery opened on June 24
th with just two open fishing days per week (Mondays and Thursdays), a 15-fish trip limit for vessel-based fishermen and a 2-fish trip limit for all other fishermen, and a 34 inch minimum size. Through last week, approximately 215,000 pounds of striped bass have been landed and sold, accounting for approximately 24% of the available 869,813 pound quota.


Currently, average daily landings are about 18,000 pounds. This daily landing rate is lower than at this time last year. If this trend continues, it is likely that landings will only approach 50% of the quota by Labor Day, and historical trends suggest fall landings will be even less based on declining participation and inclement weather that affects this small-boat fishery. Accordingly, DMF is proposing to allow commercial fishing four-days per week (Mondays – Thursdays) beginning Monday, August 19, 2019 or Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Labor Day will remain a closed fishing day and the bag and size limits will remain status quo. By increasing the number of open fishing days per week beginning in September, commercial fishermen will have more flexibility to access the resource on optimal weather days.

Public Process
Written public comment will be accepted until 5PM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Please address all written comments to Director Pierce and submit to DMF by e-mail at
marine.fish@state.ma.us or by post to 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114. DMF will review this written public comment and provide the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission with a final recommendation for their review and approval at their August 15, 2019 business meeting. If adjustments to the commercial striped bass and fluke fishing limits are approved by the Commission, they will be announced following that meeting via DMF’s e-mail list serve and willbe published on DMF’s website.

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What a disaster. The stock is in crappy shape and these asshats want to ensure the biggest harvest possible. How about looking at the obvious - the quota is behind because there are no damn fish to catch. 

 

We are watching the next crash in real time. This is exactly how it happens - greedy people only giving a crap about their wallet. As long as they get theirs it’s all good!

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Buffoonery. The catch is down because of weather? Habe there been any unfishable commercial days? There sure as hell haven't been 50% of them. The catch is half of the historical mark because there are half as many fish. Better up the limit to cash in before they're gone!

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39 mins ago, Drew C. said:

What a disaster. The stock is in crappy shape and these asshats want to ensure the biggest harvest possible. How about looking at the obvious - the quota is behind because there are no damn fish to catch. 

 

We are watching the next crash in real time. This is exactly how it happens - greedy people only giving a crap about their wallet. As long as they get theirs it’s all good!

Geez, they don’t even mention the declining stocks of striped bass as the primary reason the quota is no where near completion and won’t be even if they increase the number of actual fishing days. I think these folks need to get out of the office and talk to some bass fishermen. 

Edited by VanStaalSteve

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I'll drop em a line :hooked:but don't know what a CT residents opinion means to them. Except all our waters are connected. You Ma guys need to get on board. And don't forget to let your local state reps know how you feel!

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fair well and adieu to my fair lovely ladies......back to 1 fish at 36" for 5 years or more....but you need to have every state on the east coast on the same page....not just ma.....Like that'll ever happen .

 

many of us lived through the last decline....I believe it made us better fishermen as a result....well! some of us anyway.

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Just goes to show you - a fish only had value dead on the dock. 

 

God forbid ya leave just a few for tomorrow. Can’t have that now, can we?....

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Hi Dave-

Hope you are well. This is a critical topic and anyone who cares about the management of this fish should stop typing tripe on the internet and send their thoughts on the need to recover this species to "Director" Pierce, who apparently has no clue as to who his clients are- the fish. Because if they are gone, so is his job. What an idiot.

See you on the water chasing hard tails and lamenting the downfall of a noble fish until more of us get pissed off about it.

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Writing these people is pointless. They don’t listen. 

 

10,000 people could write in against it but 3 commercials will whine a river and it won’t change. 

 

Asmfc, their mindset and management practices need to go. There will be NO change as long as they are responsible. 

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30 mins ago, Drew C. said:

Just goes to show you - a fish only had value dead on the dock. 

 

God forbid ya leave just a few for tomorrow. Can’t have that now, can we?....

It’s all about the $$$$s

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31 mins ago, VanStaalSteve said:

It’s all about the $$$$s

 

Sadly.

 

Question tho - where's the money going to come from in 3-4 years when there are no bass left? 

 

 

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Ah Drew. Cynical Drew. Even assuming you are correct, which I don't, what is the harm in trying?

People who put energy into any cause they find worthwhile are not wasting their time. It's also called leadership.

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