Thursday, March 21, 2019

Virginia Thinking Strict New Striper Regs

Last week, Wild Chesapeake reported Virginia is likely to act soon to reduce its recreational striper catch. Now, we know which options the state is considering to reduce pressure on the striper population. The Virginia Finfish Management Advisory Committee will discuss the following possibilities at its meeting on Monday, March 25:

1) One trophy-sized fish 36-inches or longer for the year.

2) Requiring non-offset circle hooks for natural bait.

3) Maximum of three keepers per vessel.

4) Maximum of four keepers per vessel.

5) A one-fish possession limit December 10-31 (down from the current two-fish limit).

6) No Bay and coastal trophy seasons and a 28-inch Chesapeake Bay size limit through December 15. From December 16 to 31, only one of the two-fish limit can be over 28 inches.

7) November through December, a Chesapeake Bay no-take slot limit of 28- to 34-inches with one fish of 34 inches or longer.

8) No Bay or coastal seasons and establish a 28-inch Chesapeake Bay size limit through November. In December, one of two fish could be over 28 inches.

9) One fish per vessel could be over 28 inches during the Chesapeake Bay season.

10) No Bay or coastal trophy seasons. (Status quo is 36 inches or longer during the trophy season.)

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at VMRC’s headquarters, Building 96, 380 Fenwick Road, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651. You can follow the discussion by attending the meeting or following up with the post-meeting report online by clicking here.
Virginia's Striper seasons are different than Maryland's, because they show up earlier in Virginia, and stay later:
The Virginia Coastal Seasons for Striped Bass run from January 1 through March 31, and from May 16 through December 31. During these periods we can harvest Stripers in the coastal waters of Virginia. The coastal waters start at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and extend out seaward 3 miles.

Chesapeake Bay Spring Striper Season opens May 1st through June 15th. During this season we can harvest Rockfish from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay inland and up it’s tributaries.
It looks like Virginia is prepared to make significant sacrifices to save the striper fishery. Will Maryland?

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