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Striped Bass Management – Addendum II Is Moving Forward For 2024

In early summer of 2023, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and all the fisheries agencies from North Carolina to Maine implemented, through an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission emergency action, a major change in the slot size for striped bass caught recreationally in the ocean along the Atlantic coast. The slot size was reduced from 28”-35” to 28”-31”. This significant, some would say draconian, measure was in response to an almost doubling of recreational harvest in 2022 and also to protect the large 2015 year class (see DMF Newsletter  2023, Q1&2 for more information;   https://www.mass.gov/news/dmf-news-2023-q1-q2). As difficult as this decision was, it was necessary to slow down the harvest in order to stay on track with rebuilding the striped bass stock. As we turn the page on 2023, the question is: where do we go from here regarding striped bass management?

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