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 prohibition on recreational Atlantic striped bass fishing in the Block Island Transit Zone. The Transit Zone is defined as the area of federal waters within Block Island Sound, located north of a line connecting Montauk Light, between
areas south of Montauk Point, New York, and Block Island Southeast Light, Block Island, Rhode
Island; and west of a line connecting Point Judith Light, Point Judith, Rhode Island, and Block
Island Southeast Light, Block Island, Rhode Island. It is unique because it is a small area of federal waters substantially bounded by state waters

Map of Proposed Changes source:ASMFC.

Existing federal regulations prohibit recreational and commercial fishing for Atlantic striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ); however, fishermen may possess and transport Atlantic striped bass caught in adjoining state fisheries while crossing the Block Island Transit Zone. 

We are requesting public comment on the removal of the prohibition on recreational fishing for striped bass and on other options to improve management of Atlantic striped bass in the Transit Zone. The public comment period is now open. “

A brief presentation given at last month’s ASMFC meeting can be located HERE  .