SPEAK UP: Managers Consider Allowing Striped Bass Fishing in…


Issue: NOAA Fisheries is considering removal of the current prohibition on recreational striped bass fishing in the Block Island Transit Zone.

Background: Existing regulations prohibit all fishing (recreational and commercial) for striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which begins 3 nautical miles off the coast of the Northeast states. However, fishermen may possess and transport striped bass while crossing the Block Island Transit Zone. This allows fishermen to catch striped bass in water off Block Island and transport them across EEZ waters back to state waters of Rhode Island and New York.


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