Excessive Leisure Landings Threaten Striped Bass Rebuilding
An replace from Charlie Witek on the current Striped Bass Technical Committee assembly.
Final November, a inventory evaluation replace revealed that if fishing mortality didn’t exceed 2021 ranges, there was a 78.6% probability that the striped bass inventory would absolutely rebuild by 2029.
Sadly, final yr’s massive spike in leisure landings has fully modified the rebuilding outlook. In 2022, the removing of striped bass from the inhabitants elevated by 33.5% in comparison with 2021.
The dangerous information is that, as one would possibly anticipate from such a fishing mortality price, it’s uncertain that the inventory will absolutely rebuild…ever. Or, at the least, not till the fishing mortality price is diminished to a extra acceptable stage.
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You’ll be able to hear extra concerning the committee assembly on The Guidepost, the American Saltwater Guides Affiliation podcast.