Please Respond by Friday, June 14.
The most recent benchmark stock assessment, completed late last year, indicates that as of the end of 2017, the striped bass stock was both overfished and subject to overfishing.
According to the benchmark assessment, female spawning stock biomass at the end of 2017 was approximately 68,476 metric tons, well below both the 114,295 mt biomass target and the 91,436 mt biomass threshold that denotes an overfished stock.
The fishing mortality rate was 0.307 at the end of 2017, well above the 0.197 fishing mortality rate target and the 0.240 overfishing threshold.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) wants states to reduce harvest levels by approximately 17% by 2020.
The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife is conducting a survey to understand angler opinions on changes to their Striped Bass regulations. This survey is designed to help NJDEP understand angler interest in such changes. If ASMFC adopts a harvest reduction this year, all coastal states that are part of the ASMFC will have to change their striped bass regulations for the 2020 season.