I am seeing lots of listings and posts for fishing tournaments, especially striped bass tournaments, being posted in shops, in the newspapers, and on-line. Bounties for the biggest fish, especially spawning large female cow striped bass....not so good, especially if they have to be taken to a weigh station in a cooler. If it were am asian carp tournament than that would be great, for striped bass, or any other fish kept for a few bucks, not so great. There are tournaments set up that target striped bass in their natal rivers as they migrate up on their way to spawn??????
I found a great example in the FCA Manhattan Cup. The annual tournament has a "Live Release Division" where anglers return with a striped bass in a special device where it's weighed in and released alive at the dock. Hopefully other tournaments can follow the leader and continue to raise funds for the good causes they do,enjoy the resource and the environment, but protect it at the same time.