At the NJ Marine Fisheries Council (MFC) meeting on May 11, 2023, the MFC discussed the emergency action taken by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission which requires states to implement a 1 fish @ 28” to less than 31” size limit for striped bass, no later than July 2, to support stock rebuilding.
The NJ MFC postponed final action and requested a meeting with the Striped Bass Committee and advisors to get additional input and public comment. The MFC will make a final decision during a special MFC meeting to be held in June. NJ Fish & Wildlife will post information about the June meeting once details are available.
The current striped bass regulations remain:
- 1 fish @ 28” to less than 38”
The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) will not be affected by these changes. The SBBP will remain:
- 1 fish @ 24” to less than 28” for anglers with a permit