2023 Striped Bass Recreational Gaff Prohibition Regulation - The Fisherman

2023 Striped Bass Recreational Gaff Prohibition Regulation

On March 22, DEC prohibited the use or attempted use of gaffs when recreationally fishing for Atlantic striped bass. This regulation intends to reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries as required by ASMFC Amendment 7 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass (PDF). DEC is accepting public comments on the regulation through May 22, 2023. The full text of the regulation can be found at DEC’s website. Comments on the gaffing regulation should be sent to caitlin.craig@dec.ny.gov or by mail to: Caitlin Craig, Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd., Kings Park, NY 11754

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