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CSMA Striped Bass- A Put and Too ManyTake Fishery

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 April 2020 at 8:44am

"With appropriate conservation and management hopefully more fish like this will be observed in the Neuse River. The key to population recovery is these larger/older females because these fish lay more eggs that are of higher quality." 

How true! 

With the current moratorium on commercial gillnetting inland of the Neuse River ferry line from Cherry Branch to Minnesott Beach, the recovery of this fishery has started. 

We need to expand the gillnet moratorium.






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Amen! Let's hope DMF is conducting their own sampling so the two agencies can be on the same page with the new FMP. 

Expand the gill net free zones!
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Let's remember that the biology of Striped Bass reproduction is inconsistent.  The fish may be present, but often produce poor year classes, sometimes for several years.  Then, as if by a miracle, we get a huge class of fish that can carry the stock for 10-20 years.  

But that only happens if we have mature fish present.  Don't expect a miracle in a couple of years, this is a long-term project, but well worth it.  

Thanks for the post Rick, it just shows what may be possible with patience and careful attention to detail.  Thanks also to the many striped bass biologists who are on board and working hard on this recovery.
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