Ensuring a healthy population of striped bass in the Mid-Atlantic means raising awareness of federal regulations.
The EEZ or Exclusive Economic Zone is simply the area offshore of a sovereign country’s coastline that that country has exclusive jurisdiction over natural resources. In the case of the United States, one such resource is the Atlantic striped bass.
Lt. Wynn Carney, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) Supervisory Enforcement Officer told NOAA, “Right now, the striped bass are beginning to migrate south from the northern states. The striped bass will follow the bait south near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and in spring they will begin making their way up our streams and rivers to lay eggs.”
Overfishing and poor environmental conditions almost caused the collapse of the fishery in 1980s.
The Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act was founded in part to ensure the sustainability of the species.
During the months of November through February, marine law enforcement organizations will target vessels in the region using aerial and at-sea operations, including dock-side inspections.