Striped bass on the endangered list (again)?
Wow this is sad, I was planning a visit to my local fish market and was hoping there might be some striped bass available.
The main issues are with the recreational fishermen, more than the commercial fishermen. Not so much the shore fisherman, like myself, who's lucky to catch a keeper sized (28") bass every year or so, but the party boat fishermen who load up during the fall run. Private fisherman have a limit of 1 bass/day (in NYS), but people on charter/party boats are allowed 2 fish/day. The issue goes beyond overfishing though.....bass from the Chesapeake stock ( the main one) have a very high incidence of mycobacteriosis infections...basically, the fish equivalent of tuberculosis. ( I once caught a bluefish infected by that..couldn't tell until I filleted it. Not a pretty sight.) The Hudson stock seems to be doing well, to the point of impacting other fish. I myself never buy striped bass, as i always hope to catch one, but I've been seeing it in the markets. Hoping to go out to Cutchogue within the next week or so to catch a bass! I'll settle for bluefish though....
Oh I know that about the commercial boats, from the places I tend to hang in Montauk. Always the talk of the town. Thanks for the details though, that's what I was short on.
Glad to hear the Hudson is doing well, awhile back I was hearing of two headed, mutated fish due to the pollution from GE, from my sister who is really into fishing up there.