During the question period I offered the questions and maybe more of comments-
- Why do for hire boats fall under recreational mortality numbers? Commercial operations are in fact commercial, money for fishing. A head boat with 50 anglers falls under the rec category.
- Circle hooks? The continued use of snag and drop fishing is still in effect. I let the cat out of the bag regarding the use of multiple circle hooks used to snag and drop.
- Do the regulations and the slot hammer down on the 28-31" which are the 2015 year class which we are looking to protect? As would the proposed 30-33" slot that was proposed?
- And for kicks I asked what the mortality would look like if we just allowed boats and commercial fishing in the EEZ, which is 3 miles out and beyond. That would be something.
There will be another public comment, in person, before the public comment closes in December. Tonight there were 106 people in the meeting from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There's more out there that complain daily about the state of striped bass. MAKE SURE you at least send in your written public comment stating your choices to the above four options.