Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced that bonus striped bass vouchers will be available at DEEP Offices beginning May 1, 2014.
A striped bass voucher allows an angler to retain a single small striper measuring at least 22” but less than 28” in length. The standard minimum legal length for striped bass is 28”.
Anglers are encouraged to use this program to introduce a friend, neighbor or child to fishing or to harvest one smaller fish and release a larger “breeder”.
The Bonus Striped Bass Voucher Program will run May 1 through December 31 in 2014. There is a limit of one voucher annually per fishing license holder. However, for convenience a single person may pick up at most 2 vouchers by presenting valid fishing licenses for 2 anglers. Children are also eligible to receive a voucher by signing up for a free Youth Fishing Passport. Vouchers will be available on a first come, first serve basis for as long as supplies last.
The bonus fishery program was approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Management Board which oversees the conservation of this species throughout its range. This program directs the state’s formerly unused commercial fishery allocation of striped bass into a unique fishing opportunity for anglers. Commercial striped bass harvest is prohibited in this state. The unused commercial quota equates to 4,025 fish available for harvest under this program.
Anglers are encouraged to use this program to introduce a friend, neighbor or child to fishing or to harvest one smaller fish and release a larger “breeder”. The department is also interested in encouraging and enhancing urban and shore fishing opportunity and will be distributing vouchers at selected fishing locations throughout the season.
A limited number of vouchers are also being reserved for programs such as “Take a Kid Fishing” and “Take a Veteran Fishing” —municipal youth and urban fishing programs. Please contact Marine Fisheries (firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-434-6043) if your town, city or non-profit organization supports such a program and you would like to receive vouchers.