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Apply Now for the 2022 Striped Bass Bonus Program

Effective May 15, 2022, the SBBP regulations are as follows:

  • One fish per permit at 24″ to less than 28″
  • May 15, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Bonus harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported within 24 hours of harvest. See Harvest Reporting instructions below.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

New Jersey is allocated a commercial harvest quota of striped bass under the Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan as administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Since New Jersey does not allow netting or sale of striped bass, this quota was transferred to the recreational fishing sector resulting in the origin of the SBBP.

The current allocation from ASMFC is 215,912 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2022, any overage would be subtracted from the 2023 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, NJ DEP Fish & Wildlife (NJFW) encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.

NJFW initiated the program in 1990 to allow the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey recreational anglers. Although the program has been modified throughout the years, the main goal of the SBBP is to allow anglers to participate in the management process while enjoying their favorite recreational pastime. It is a popular program and provides valuable data for assessing stock status and fishing trends, making it an integral part of New Jersey’s striped bass management.

Continue reading at nj.gov.

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