Commission shelves reduction of striped bass harvest in Chesapeake Bay

Some Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission members concerned about disappearance of rockfish in northern waters

Posted on November 08, 2011 by Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

BOSTON—A proposal that could have slashed Maryland's annual striped bass catch by more than 50 percent in 2012 was shelved Tuesday morning by the commission that oversees East Coast fisheries.

The 9-6 vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's striped bass board will most likely postpone any further discussion of a harvest reduction until 2013, when a new population assessment is due.