Bluefish, photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Bluefish, photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which oversees management of coastal species from North Carolina through Maine, has released an overview of stock status for the Commission’s 24 managed species or species groups. The graphs contain the most recent information available and have been vetted through the relevant species technical committee.

Here are the status of major game and food fish:

  • Striped bass: not overfished; stock rebuilt
  • Bluefish: not overfished
  • Scup: not overfished
  • Fluke: not overfished; stock rebuilt
  • Winter flounder (S. New England): overfished
  • Black sea bass: not overfished
  • Tautog: overfished
  • Weakfish: depleted

Also of interest, stocks of American eel, river herring, and American shad are considered depleted, while the stock status of menhaden is considered “unknown.”


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