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By MVS Host on 5/23/2011 10:24 PM
A drastic decline in striped bass stocks has state and federal officials scrambling to protect the fish, but many recreational fishermen say the government isn’t moving fast enough.

“It’s really scary,” said Cooper (Coop) Gilkes 3rd, owner of Coop’s Bait and Tackle shop in Edgartown, who has seen the haul from the annual June catch-and-release striper tournament fall dramatically. “At one point we had somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 fish weighed in on one night. Last year there were 100 and it’s like a staircase going all the way down to last year. It’s just dropped every year.”     Read the Full Article

By MVS Host on 3/24/2011 12:00 AM
Alexandria, VA - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board has initiated development of Draft Addendum III with the goals of reducing striped bass fishing mortality (F) up to 40% and further protecting spawning stock when it is concentrated and vulnerable. The addendum was initiated in order to allow managers to promptly respond to the results of the stock assessment update in the fall if necessary. Provisions of the addendum, if passed, could be implemented prior to the start of the 2012 fishing year.
By MVS Host on 2/24/2011 12:00 AM
Mycobacteriosis is an emerging infectious disease that affects well over 75% of the resident striped bass in Chesapeake Bay.  Signs of the disease include unsightly skin ulcers and pale gray nodular lesions in the internal organs, mainly the spleen. It is believed that once infected, striped bass ultimately die. 

If you have ever caught an infected fish you will immediately know how serious this problem is. The disease exists here, I know, I caught an infected keeper in Cape Poge last year. Please read this material and if you can a write a check to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation.  Read More!