State cuts recreational bass bag limit in half

Recreational bag limit is now one, reduced from two
Across the board Atlantic striped bass limits have been put in place for both commercial and recreational (private and for-hire) fishermen. Photo by John Fitts.

You'll want to invite less people to dinner if striped bass is on the menu this season. The state Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) this week announced that they have adopted a reduced recreational bag limit for Atlantic striped bass. One two fish, the bag limit this season will be one fish. 

The bag limit reduction was instituted to comply with the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) aimed at reducing the recreational harvest for the commonwealth by 25%. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission added Addendum IV to Amendment 6 of the FMP for Atlantic striped bass after a steady decline was noted since 2006.

Per the addendum, commercial quotas have also been reduced by 25%. According to DMF, states have the option of implementing their own recreational reduction measures if they can prove the measures will have a similar effect.

The FMP one fish bag limit applies to both private and for-hire takes. DMF adopted the limit believing it would encourage compliance and be easiest to enforce. New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut have all adopted the same one fish rule for 2015.

The recreational minimum size limit will remain the same at 28", according to a DMF release.


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