I continue to work hard behind the scenes fighting to restore fish and their habitat on the Chesapeake Bay. Currently, I need your help regarding striped bass management in Virginia. The latest ASMFC stock assessment has found that striped bass are over-fished and over-fishing is occurring coastwide.
We are very fortunate that our current VA Secretary of Natural Resources, Matt Strickler, understands fisheries issues and is making conservation of our marine resources a priority. In response to the stock assessment findings, Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) is proposing emergency measures of one fish and maximum size limit for this fall’s recreational season to protect large breeding female fish. In addition, a maximum gill net mesh size and reduction in quota is proposed for the commercial fishery. All states are mandated to take action next year, but Virginia is taking a proactive stance which should be applauded.
It is critical that VMRC hears from stakeholders like you in support of conservation. Please email Commissioner Steve Bowman in support of the above proactive emergency measures and future measures that have a high probability of ending over-fishing and rebuilding the stock as soon as possible. As I like to say, we cannot just take from the resource without giving something back, so please take the time to send the email and visit the American Saltwater Guides Association website to learn more.
I am pleased to announce that I will be serving as Virginia’s representative on the board of directors for the American Saltwater Guides Association (ASGA). I have worked behind the scenes for many years on issues regarding fisheries management and habitat restoration, however I never felt there was an organization that aligned with my views… until now. The ASGA will serve as the voice for anglers who value the opportunities that sportfishing provides, while acknowledging the fact that our fisheries are finite. Striped bass need our help as the science has finally caught up to my on-water observations – the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring. We cannot just take from the resource without giving something back, so please visit the ASGA website to learn more.
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