State and federal investigators have broken up a black market involving watermen and fish dealers who sold millions of dollars’ worth of striped bass, illegally taken from the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, to shops and restaurants across the country, according to court documents filed in federal court this week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has established eight marine protected areas encompassing a total of 529 square nautical miles in south Atlantic federal waters to shield deep-water fish species and their habitats from fishing.
Fishing for snappers, groupers, tilefishes, grunts, porgies and sea basses is prohibited throughout the protected areas, which are located off the coast from North Carolina south to Florida, NOAA said in a news release.
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Dr. Julie Ball reports anglers are heading to the oceanfront in pursuit of striped bass. Water temperatures have dropped over the past few weeks, but anglers are hoping the few scattered warmer days will encourage striper activity within range. Smaller, school-sized stripers are taking lures for anglers casting around the pilings and all four artificial islands of the CBBT for catch-and-release action.
Rockfish: Though the 2008 Young of the Year Index was down appreciably, it won’t affect striper numbers and availability this year. In the past year though record fuel prices severely impacted the effort, the catching wasn’t bad. Pre-trophy (catch-and-release) fishing was very good, much of the spring trophy season was likewise and the fall migration of sea-run fish was much better than usual – and the Department of Natural Resource’s decision to extend the season from Dec. 15 to the end of the year added much to the catching.
Stuart Smith reports that black bass fishing has been the most consistent fishing over the past week. Some grouper are still being caught with lots of sharks mixed in. Bluefin tuna fishing has been very slow. Source: Intracoastal Angler.