On October 29, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) approved new striped bass regulations which lower both commercial and recreational fishing mortality to conform to new lower reference points recommended by the ASMFC Technical Committee and adopted at this meeting. The ASMFC Management Board also clarified that uncaught commercial quotas cannot be transferred to […]
MD has just released the 2014 young of the year figures for striped bass. The graph below shows the arithmetic mean numbers: The 2014 number is 11.02. This is sure to be a great number for the spin doctors. Looking at it positively this may be the best of the last three years, but in […]
STRIPERS FOREVER COMMENTS TO DRAFT ADDENDUM IV TO AMENDMENT 6 TO THE ATLANTIC STRIPED BASS INTERSTATE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT Stripers Forever is a not for profit organization that advocates for the conservation and responsible stewardship of striped bass. Stripers Forever (SF) believes that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has given too much consideration to […]
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the process of overhauling it recreational fishing policies. Stripers Forever sees this as an opportunity to create a new national policy that will guide and improve local fishery management decisions that have not been good for the needs or rights of recreational salt water fishermen. Here are […]
The most important game fish in local waters is in deep trouble. The writer, a renowned fisherman and longtime conservation columnist for Salt Water Sportsman, thinks he knows why. BY RIP CUNNINGHAM EXCERPT: “Scuttlebutt and bad news have the tendency to travel faster than good news or the real facts. That’s human nature and nowhere is […]
Atlantic Coastal States Schedule Public Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum IV Arlington, VA – The Atlantic coastal states and jurisdictions have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum IV to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled hearings […]
Recovery of the estuary that provides 75 percent of the Atlantic striped bass population is being fought by 21 states, only one of which is in the watershed. In February 2014, Florida joined a lawsuit to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s belated effort to render Chesapeake Bay clean enough to be taken off the EPA’s […]
We hope you are getting out on the water this summer and enjoying the striper season. We’re hearing mixed reports from anglers and guides: some are finding good fishing, but must work hard to do so. Coast-wide the number of fish of all sizes seems to be declining, including an alarming absence of the large […]
On Tuesday May 13 the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission will meet to discuss options to reduce the harvest of striped bass for 2015. Those proposed changes will then be taken to public hearing later in the year. If you go to your state info page on our website you will easily find your three state […]
Stripers Forever has an important article in the Boston Globe that begs for an immediate response from our concerned membership. This is a simple opportunity for you to send a strong and clear message to our legislators, many of whom until now have ignored our pleas to save wild striped bass. This article brings the […]
Will making the striper a gamefish simply transfer the catch from the commercials to the recreational anglers and do nothing to help the striped bass population? No. Throughout the history of striped bass management the organized pressure for expanding the harvest quotas has come from commercial interests. Recreational anglers have tried to hold down the […]
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Welcome to the official web site for Stripers Forever, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to making the striped bass a gamefish. By eliminating commercial exploitation of the #1 recreational saltwater fishery on the east coast, over 3,000,000 recreational anglers will enjoy the social and financial benefits that will come from an improved striped bass population.
Stripers Forever advocates for the conservation and responsible stewardship of wild striped bass along the Atlantic Coast.
Stripers Forever, a non-profit, internet-based conservation organization, seeks game fish status for wild striped bass on the Atlantic Coast in order to significantly reduce striper mortality, to provide optimum and sustainable public fishing opportunities for anglers from Maine to North Carolina, and to secure the greatest socio-economic value possible from the fishery.