Striped Bass, or Rockfish as they’re known locally, have long been a staple of the commercial and recreational fishery. As with many other species, there have been some contentious conversations over population management and the species wide range adds complications of jurisdiction. In the most recent stock assessment, it was determined that the spawning stock biomass (SSB) was below threshold, indicating the stock is overfished, and that mortality rates are above the threshold, indicating that overfishing is occurring. As a result, states up and down the Eastern Seaboard have been exploring various management strategies in order to correct this trend.
An overview of the most recent stock assessment can be found here.
Representatives from the Delmarva Fisheries Association attended the April 30, 2019 meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hear the debate on coast-wide management options. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released a statement following the ASMFC meeting outlining their position. To view the ASMFC’s press release and motions summary for the Striped Bass meeting, please click here. To view the full ASMFC Spring Meeting Summary, use this link.
Other recent articles are listed below.
ASMFC Says Rockfish Harvests Needs to be Cut 17 Percent
Bay Journal, 6 May 2019
As Rockfish Population Declines, Maryland Faces Pressure to Take Action on Overfishing
WJZ 13 CBS, 3 May 2019
Fisheries Managers Vote to Take Action on Rockfish Overfishing
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 30 April 2019
Maryland Under Pressure to Cancel Trophy Rockfish Season
WUSA 9, 29 April 2019
Editorial: Maryland’s Rockfish Challenge
The Baltimore Sun, 29 April 2019
Editorial: Reasonable Restrictions Help Rockfish Thrive
The Free-Lance Star, 15 April 2019
Wildlife Officials Have Concerns About Virginia’s Striped Bass Population
ABC 13, 12 April 2019
Panel Makes Suggestions to Save the Stripers
Maryland Independent, 28 March 2019
Md.’s Striped Bass Index Above Average, Va.’s Remains Stable
Chesapeake Bay Magazine, 18 October 2018
To stay up-to-date on Maryland’s Striped Bass Rules & Regulations, please visit this page of DNR’s website.
To see the latest from Virginia on the taking of Striped Bass, please visit this page of the VMRC website.