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May 11, 2014 03:22 PM

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.

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  1. 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....

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    1. re: EricMM

      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.

      1. re: coll

        One more factor with striped bass- commercial fisherman must harvest from a slot-26-36". All smaller or larger bass must be released. This "bycatch", especially the larger breeder fish, are unlikely to survive. Bycatch mortality is a significant factor in most fisheries.

        1. re: EricMM

          Ah well, I'll enjoy it while I can. Within legal limits of course! Visiting my favorite fish store next weekend, according to this I may be in luck.

          1. re: coll

            Hoping to hit Cutchogue on Saturday....I'll let you know if I catch a bass.

            1. re: EricMM

              I will keep my fingers crossed for you, good luck!