Sportfishing club supports action to save striped bass

The Cape Cod Salties Sportfishing Club is disappointed appropriate steps have not been taken to protect the striped bass population and the consumers who eat them.

In response to the lack of action by the state Legislature and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the following motion was made and passed at a recent meeting:

The members of the Cape Cod Salties believe that the population of striped bass is in serious decline. This belief is supported by statistics disclosed by government agencies that indicate the recreation catch of striped bass has declined by more than 80 percent over the past several years.

The club supports legislation or regulation that will reduce the recreational catch of striped bass from the current two fish per day to one fish per day, and legislation or regulation that will substantially reduce or eliminate the commercial fish quota until the stock is substantially replenished.

Additionally, the club supports legislation or regulation that will require the testing of striped bass for contaminates that may affect the health of those consuming them.

The failure to address this issue has jeopardized both the striped bass population and consumers alike. Those with the responsibility to act should do so to protect this valuable resource.

Vin Foti
President, Cape Cod Salties