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Striped Bass Amendment 7 Recap

This blog is intended to give our readers a very brief recap of what happened at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Board Meeting on Wednesday. A comprehensive blog will be published next week by our President, Capt. John McMurray. It takes a while to write a long article detailing all the twists and turns. We know you don’t want to wait. So, this is the best we can do right now.

The short version is that, in principle anyway, the vast majority of our preferred alternatives were approved by the Striped Bass Board. This is a good thing, and it bodes well for the future of striped bass, although we may have some difficult decisions to confront once the stock assessment update comes out this October. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty below, but for the visual learners among you here’s an infographic detailing what alternatives were approved and how they matched up with our priorities.

We are excited to announce a new award that we will give as needed after fisheries meetings. We are calling it the “Banana-On-Boat,” or BOB for short. What is the BOB, you ask? It is the fisheries equivalent of The Pinocchio award. You know when a public figure or an elected official lies about something, they get awarded one, two, three, or four Pinocchios depending on the severity of the fib. We hear some big fibs at these meetings. These fibbers should be held accountable, right? You shouldn’t be able to sit at the table as a commissioner tasked with sustainably managing our fisheries and spout lies constantly. Why don’t the other commissioners around the table put these folks in check? If they did, we wouldn’t be forced to hand out the BOB. But here we are!

Without further ado, we are happy (well, maybe that’s a stretch) to award our inaugural BOB to none other than Commissioner Tom Fote from New Jersey. Tom gets the maximum of Four BOBs for the whopper of a fib he told on the record at Wednesday’s meeting.

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