Striper Season Will Be Very Short

Old 01-30-2021, 04:47 AM
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Disturbing news below .. From what I had heard (Wildlife presentations at fishing shows, electroshock data), the Roanoke fishery was always in pretty good shape. How it changed this dramatically, I have no idea.

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Changes to the 2021 Striped Bass Harvest Season on the Roanoke

In mid-January, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) issued a proclamation outlining significant changes to the 2021 striped bass harvest season in the Roanoke River Management Area.

The 2021 harvest dates will be:
  • April 10–16 in the lower river zone (downstream of the U.S. Highway 258 bridge at Scotland Neck to the mouth at Albemarle Sound).
  • April 24–30 in the upper river zone (upstream of the Highway U.S. 258 bridge at Scotland Neck to the base of Roanoke Rapids Dam).
The harvest reduction was deemed a necessary conservation action intended to rebuild the striped bass population after results from a 2020 stock assessment indicated that the stock was overfished, and overfishing was occurring.

Read more about the changes to the 2021 Roanoke River striped bass harvest season here.

View map of impacted areas here.

Watch NCWRC’s webinar “Cooperating, Collaborating and Planning for Coastal Striped Bass Management” presented by Research Director David Cobb and Anadromous Research Coordinator Jeremey McCargo for a deep dive into striped bass management efforts.

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Old 01-30-2021, 05:18 AM
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This is why I’m home today and not rock fishing like I normally would be this time of year on the Neuse or Trent River. Our season is still closed and who knows if or when it will every reopen again. Very frustrating.
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More info-

commercial harvest set at 137,000 pounds in 2014 will drop in 2021.

Harvest is divided 50/50 between the rec and com sectors. A few gillnetters get as much as thousands of anglers. It makes zero dollars and sense.

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...and a slide presentation that DMF gave to the MFC in Nov.

You can listen to the audio from the MFC meeting here-,-2020

Click on Audio file for the Nov 20 Meeting.

CSMA discussion starts at 1:47:55.

A/R discussion starts at 1:56:46.

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