The hearing on the Massachusetts Striped Bass Conservation Bill happens this week.
When: Thursday, January 14th 11:00 AM. Come early to avoid delays. Where: Room A-2 at the State House 24 Beacon St. in Boston. How to get there: how to get to state house link The Bill Number and Name: H796 An Act Relative to the Conservation of Atlantic Striped Bass. Who: The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Pre Hearing Meeting That Morning: At 9:30 AM in Room 109 we will hold a pre-hearing gathering where coffee plus will be served. We will have an information packet designed for you to drop off at your legislator’s office during the day to help secure his or her support for the bill. Stripers Forever staff will be on hand to answer any questions that you have. Submitting Testimony: You will need to sign-in to get your name on the list to speak. Your verbal testimony will be heard and recorded; you don’t need to do anything else. If you also want to submit comments or information in writing, i.e. data, articles, graphics etc. you can give these to the committee for their consideration. Press Conference: We will hold a brief rally and press conference in the State House Building that morning. We urge everyone who can do so to come and lend their support. Dress: ~We are encouraging our members to wear casual, fishing-related clothing to the State House and hearing. The idea here is to show that there are a lot of recreational fishermen interested in this bill. Many of our members have committed to come to this hearing; we could use a lot more. Nothing will be more persuasive to the legislators than seeing how important striped bass fishing is to members of the public. The presence of every supporter is vital. Out of state members who fish or own property in MA, and who feel that their fishing is being negatively affected by the MA commercial fishery should come too! Illustrating the financial value of tourism fishing to the economy of MA is a very important part of the rationale for H796.