N.Y. DEC Proposes Circle Hooks for Stripers

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N.Y. DEC Proposes Circle Hooks for Stripers

DEC has released a new proposed regulation for public review and comment that would require the use of circle hooks when recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass. This proposed regulation would reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Catch-and-release practices contribute significantly to overall fishing mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries and circle hooks work effectively to increase survival. The Atlantic coast-wide harvest of Atlantic striped bass is managed by ASMFC.

DEC is accepting public comments on the proposal through Mar. 8, 2021. The proposed regulation includes all New York State waters where recreational fishing for Atlantic striped bass occurs, including coastal waters of Long Island and New York City, the Delaware River, and the Hudson River to the Federal Dam in Troy, New York. The full text of the proposed regulation can be found on DEC’s website.

Comments on the proposed circle hook regulation should be sent by March 8, 2021 to [email protected] or by mail to: Division of Marine Resources, 205 N. Belle Mead Rd. Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733. After reviewing public comments, DEC will be adopting and publishing a final regulation. The open seasons and size limits striped bass in all New York waters have not changed for 2021.