Re: Striped Bass Creel Survey Data

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Posted by Marty Gingras on 2011-11-18 18:04:42 in reply to Re: Striped Bass Creel Survey Data posted by Dave Sellers on 2011-11-18 17:31:15

Do you not perceive a problem with the Endangered Species Dave?

DFG strongly suspects that the impact of striped bass predation on the listed species can be reduced by the proposed regulations.

Under the current regulations, anglers are free to consume in excess of the safe-eating guidelines.

DFG is recommending an adaptive management plan that would help assess how --- if implemented --- the proposed regulations influence the fishery and fish populations.

Our data show that successful anglers as a population do not keep limits under the present regulations. Furthermore, the present regulations do not 'cap' (as in relative to a quota) the total fishing effort for or harvest of striped bass. Indeed, we have seen massive fluctuations in harvest rate and fish kept. Thus, (1) should anglers decide they want to, they could keep many (many) more striped bass under the present regulations and (2) the predator-release issue has always been with us.

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