Striped Bass

Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) is a long-lived, anadromous species, which means they return from the ocean to a freshwater river annually to spawn.

Striped bass are one of the most sought-after fish on the Atlantic coast – a highly prized game fish with a large following of avid anglers, and a  many number of regionally specific names like striper, rockfish, bass, linesider, cow(s), schoolies…etc.

According to the latest NOAA Fisheries data, striped bass are the number one species caught recreationally in the country (in pounds).

Striped bass are managed from Maine to North Carolina by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission(ASMFC) under the guidance of the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act and Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Management Act.

Atlantic Striped Bass

Adult striped bass live in the ocean for most of the year, spending the summer generally off the New England coastline and the winter off the Mid –Atlantic. The adults migrate up their natal river in the spring to spawn.   After spawning, the young migrate to the estuary at the mouth of the natal river and spend several years there.  They begin migrating to the ocean to join the adult stock at about age 5 and are mostly gone from the bays and estuaries by age 7.   This coastal stock moves up the Atlantic coast in the summer and back south during the winter.

Management agencies use juvenile index or Young of Year(YOY) surveys to track spawning success, and recruitment from year to year, and periods of both low and high recruitment are the norm.

Conditions have to be near perfect for stripers to have a successful spawn and generate an above-average year class, which is why they have evolved to live 25-plus years – to withstand several years of below average recruitment.

This coastal stock is subject to intense fishing pressure as it moves up and down the Atlantic coast, right next to the most populous coastal areas in the country.

CCA’s engagement in the management of striped bass varies throughout the year, and based on the management cycles governed by the ASMFC. 

Information on our positions and actions can be found in the news links below.

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Maryland DNR Report to ASMFC on Circle Hook Provision from 2018

January 30, 2019
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You can find Maryland DNR’s report to the ASMFC on the effectiveness of the circle hook regulations by clicking here The document also contains a letter from the American Sportfishing Association regarding the proposal to open the section of the EEZ called the Block Island Transit zone to harvest of SB. The document also includes … Read more

Striped Bass Stock Assessment FAQ

January 25, 2019
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Striped bass are managed from Maine to North Carolina by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission(ASMFC) under the guidance of the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act and Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Management Act. The Striped Bass Management Board of ASMFC has representatives from each state and federal jurisdictions.  The data which is used for management is captured throughout … Read more

CCA Opposes Proposal to Open Block Island Transit Zone to Striped Bass Fishing

November 7, 2018
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On behalf of our members, CCA sent these comments in opposition of the proposal to open the Block Island Transit Zone to Striped Bass Fishing. The following text is the summary of a proposal that NOAA is currently considering to change the rules regarding possession and possible harvest “NOAA Fisheries is considering removal of the current … Read more

Advocacy Update 3/17

March 17, 2017
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March 17th, 2017 By: David Sikorski, Executive Director With the session still in, CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee(GRC) is still working the halls of the legislature to ensure our messages of the importance of science based management and the long-term sustainability of our shared natural resources continues to be learned and understood by our elected … Read more