Reem Nadeem. Virginia officials are considering an emergency proposal to cancel striped bass fishing season due to decreasing populations. A stock assessment conducted by scientists in the fall revealed striped bass, also known as rockfish, are in jeopardy in Virginia and all along the East Coast. Ellen Bolen, deputy commissioner of the Marine Resources Commission, said rockfish are overfished, which means they are being fished faster than they can reproduce. In the late s, Virginia and Maryland enacted a total moratorium on fishing striped bass.
UPDATE: Virginia CANCELS Trophy Striped Bass Season
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April 3, We are asking all anglers to respond to this poll not later than April 15, The justifications for this proposal include the status of the coastal striped bass stock that is overfished. This means the spawning stock is low and not biologically stable. Overfishing has been occurring for several years meaning the rate of striped bass removals from the stock has caused an overfished condition. The number of striped bass harvested recreationally by Virginia fisheries has declined markedly since when thousand striped bass were harvested from all tidal Virginia waters.
Virginia’s Trophy Rockfish Season Is Canceled
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The striped bass Morone saxatilis , also called Atlantic striped bass , striper , linesider , rock or rockfish , is an anadromous Perciforme fish of the family Moronidae found primarily along the Atlantic coast of North America. It has also been widely introduced into inland recreational fisheries across the United States. Striped bass found in the Gulf of Mexico are a separate strain referred to as Gulf Coast striped bass. The history of the striped bass fishery in North America dates back to the Colonial period. Many written accounts by some of the first European settlers describe the immense abundance of striped bass, along with alewives , traveling and spawning up most rivers in the coastal Northeast.