MA Deals with Striped Bass “Loophole”

Massachusetts fisheries officials are trying to close a loophole in state regulations that resulted in what they believe were illegal landings of striped bass last year.

In a nutshell, the state is looking to reduce the number of striped bass that commercial fishermen can keep when fishing from shore, from 15 to 2. According to some recreational fishermen, a black market existed at the Cape Cod Canal in 2017, in which some commercial fishermen were accepting fish caught by their friends then selling them under their boat permit, which allows them to possess up to 15 fish per day, on certain days.

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is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.