RFA Members Instrumental in Protecting Striped Bass
Silver Spring, MD – In a move that will surprise many, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced today, Friday, September 8, 2006 that it will continue the closure of striped bass fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The EEZ includes all of the coastal waters from three miles off shore out to the United States’ territorial waters.
“This news is a great relief to striped bass fishermen everywhere,” said Jim Donofrio, Executive Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). “It was a bad idea from the very beginning, but we have seen this kind of thing happen before. An idea is floated and a few who might benefit from it in the short run get it rolling like a down hill freight train. They do not care about the long term effect to the majority of others involved in the fishery. It is just a bad idea.”
RFA and Maryland Saltwater Sportsmen