Striped bass size limit takes effect

HALLOWELL — A new size limit on striped bass took effect last week, restricting Maine fishermen to one fish per day at 28 inches or greater.

The new limit is in response to an addendum to the interstate striped bass fishery management plan approved last year by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which directed coastal states to reduce the harvest of striped bass by at least 25 percent from 2013 beginning in 2015.

The state’s previous daily bag limit also allowed recreational fishermen to keep one striped bass, but it could be from 20 to 26 inches long, or greater than 40 inches. Maine has a year-round recreational-only striped bass fishery.

During March, the Maine Department of Marine Resources conducted public hearings to seek input on the 28-inch size limit, plus an option that proposed a change in the previous size limit to allow harvest of one fish between 24 and 26 inches.

Contact Bruce Joule at 633-9505.

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