Striped Bass Catch Numbers Drop in 2010

Recreational anglers caught fewer bass in 2010 than any year since 1994. Photo by Tom Richardson.

According to data from the National Marine Fishing Service’s recreational angler survey, recreational striped bass catches along the Atlantic coast declined by 66% from 2006 to 2009, a trend that is likely to continue according to the results of Stripers Forever’s 2010 8th annual angler survey.

NOAA striper catch data

“The results in 2010 were by far the most disappointing that we’ve seen for both anglers and guides,” said Brad Burns, president of Stripers Forever, a nonprofit organization advocating for the conservation of striped bass by eliminating the commercial sale of wild fish. “In our 2010 survey, 76% of all anglers reported catching fewer or many fewer stripers per hour of fishing. This is up from 66% in 2008 and 72% in 2009.”

“The Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission (ASMFC) continues to report that, officially, things are fine with striped bass, but there are a lot of people out there who would not agree,” said Burns. The 2010 Stripers Forever survey was completed by 1,068 anglers, including 109 fishing guides representing every coastal state from Maine to South Carolina except New Hampshire. The majority of the fishermen surveyed in the SF poll have more than 10 years of experience fishing for striped bass, according to Stripers Forever.

To view the complete survey results:

Website: Stripers Forever

2010 Survey Results PDF

For further information:

Contact Brad Burns at stripers@whatifnet.com

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