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BUDGET CUTS TO ELIMINATE STRIPED BASS ENFORCEMENT

Reported by The Fisherman

The 2018 Federal budget prohibits the enforcement of the prohibition of targeting striped bass in Federal waters around Block Island, RI by NOAA Fisheries and the Coast Guard.

Once again the targeting of striped bass in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Block Island is in the news, an action which has been on the agenda of many for quite some time.

In 2017 Rep. Lee M. Zeldin (R. New York), for instance, sponsored H.R. 1195 – Local Fishing Access Act which, if passed, would authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to permit and regulate Atlantic striped bass fishing in the Block Island Sound Transit Zone. The transit zone is the area of federal waters within Block Island Sound, located between areas south of Montauk Point, New York, and Point Judith, Rhode Island. Well, Rep. Zeldin is at it again, and for now it appears as if he may have succeeded in his end goal of allowing anglers to target and harvest striped bass in Federal waters in a roundabout way, as you will see. Read the full story at The Fisherman: http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=1997&ParentCat=19

 

 

Kevin McKay
MaineFlyFish.com, Owner

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