H796- MA Legislature

HD245- now called H796 – since it has been assigned to committee, a bill to make striped bass a game fish in Massachusetts was introduced to the MA legislature in January of 2009.  Attached you will find a copy of the bill as well as a list of the objective Stripers Forever hopes to achieve with this legislation.  


Stripers Forever urges all of our Massachusetts members to to go http://www.mass.gov/legis/, find your representative, and send them an e-mail today in your own words that asks them to support H796 to make striped bass a game fish in Massachusetts.  


Stripers Forever has hired a top lobbying firm to help us pass this important conservation bill.  We are currently scheduling meetings with legislators in different areas of the state.  If you would like to become more involved with this process please contact us at stripers@stripersforever.org


Attached you will also find the illustration for a presentation by MA Policy Coordinator Craig Caldwell that shows the following:
  • How small the commercial striped bass fishery is relative to other commercial fishing in MA.
  • How important striped bass are to the recreational fishery in MA.
  • The number of recreational participants compared to commercial ones.
  • The number of commercial permit holders, than those that claimed to have fished at all, that had any landings at all, and that had landings of any magnitude.
  • On side two we show – even though it is already more than two years old, and doesn’t reflect the true current situation – the decline in the spawning stock biomass of large stripers, and the increase in fishing mortality levels as measured by the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission.  

Please do not hesitate to e-mail us at stripers@stripersforever.org with any questions that you might have.


Stripers Forever
209 Winn Road
Falmouth, ME 04105


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.

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