Re: Public Invited to Discuss Proposed Regulation Changes for Striped Bass


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Posted by Bob R. on 2011-11-02 23:46:42 in reply to Public Invited to Discuss Proposed Regulation Changes for Striped Bass posted by Marty Gingras on 2011-10-31 18:10:20

From DFG website:

Check out the pictures too. If striped bass are such significant predators on Salmon as Marty and others conclude you would think they would have had a much greater negative effect on salmon runs (and much sooner) than they have to date especially considering how fast their population grew even in the fist decade or two after their LEGAL introduction.

Striped bass history {in California}

There were originally no striped bass in California. They were introduced from the East Coast, where they are found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Alabama. The initial introduction took place in 1879, when 132 small bass were brought successfully to California by rail from the Navesink River in New Jersey and released near Martinez. Fish from this lot were caught within a year near Sausalito, Alameda, and Monterey, and others were caught occasionally at scattered places for several years afterwards. There was much concern by the Fish and Game Commission that such a small number of bass might fail to establish the species, so a second introduction of about 300 stripers was made in lower Suisun Bay in 1882.
In a few years, striped bass were being caught in California in large numbers. By 1889, a decade after the first lot of eastern fish had been released, bass were being sold in San Francisco markets. In another 10 years, the commercial net catch alone was averaging well over a million pounds a year. In 1935, however, all commercial fishing for striped bass was stopped in the belief that this would enhance the sport fishery.

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