Dear Committee Chair(s) & Members,
I respectfully ask that you DO NOT recommend further action on these proposed striped bass regulation changes. The proposed changes will negatively impact the fishery in the following ways that I shall list below. Please remember that the healthy resource of Striped Bass belongs to all members of the Commonwealth and not just to the recreational fisherfolk with center consoles and surf or fly rods. I believe that the little old couple down the street has an equal right to buy some striped bass in the fish market as long as the science says the stocks are healthy. I do not believe that we should manage any fisheries via legislation. I make these comments from the perspective of both commercial harvester and sport fishing charter captain, doing over 110 charters (>500 people) per year. I see what my customers want in the way of a fishing experience, I know what they want to take home and what they want to throw back. I see all of the factors that have an effect on catching, from effort, water temperature, bait supply - or lack of it, weather, boat traffic, seal predation and regulations. I have been doing this for a long enough time to know and have seen the long term effects upon this fishery. Regulations should not be imposed by casual anecdotal observations from recreational observers.
Here are my reasons for NOT moving forward with the Stripers Forever proposals.
Stripers Forever proposals assume the fishery is not healthy and not being managed properly by scientists gamefish status denies common folks access to the resource of fresh striped bass to eat proposed slot limit of 20-26" will allow the taking of fish before they are sexually mature, resulting in declining stock supply proposed slot limit of 20-26" will severely limit charter boat catches and tourism will eventually suffer reducing daily bag limit from 2 to 1 fish could harm charter fishing businesses reducing daily bag limit from 2 to 1 fish will result in MA losing its recreational allocation of striped bass from the ASMFC requiring MADMF to report on and make fishery rules with economic analysis priorities adds unnecessary burden to DMF
Thanks for your time,
Capt. Bruce Peters 30 Deborah Doane Way Eastham, MA 02642
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