The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to intensify efforts to stop offshore poaching of Atlantic striped bass this winter.
an effort to ensure the health of the striped bass population, the
Coast Guard is working to raise awareness of the federal regulations
stating Atlantic striped bass may not be caught, harvested, or
possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The EEZ begins three nautical
miles from shore and extends out to 200 nautical miles.
Coast Guard is conducting outreach to educate the public on federal
regulations governing the Atlantic striped bass fishery, as well as
safety precautions for the winter boating season. If a person is caught
fishing for or in possession of striped bass while in the EEZ, he or
she is subject to civil fines.
Coast Guard has established an Atlantic Striped Bass Reporting Hotline
at 757-398-6399. The public is encouraged to report any suspected
poaching activity to the hotline. Calls should include a description of
the activity, those involved, the location, and the time of the
suspected offense. Such information greatly increases the effectiveness
of law enforcement operations.
Coast Guard is conducting outreach to local fishing communities,
educating boat operators about these federal regulations," said Lt.
Noel Johnson, the enforcement chief at Coast Guard Sector Hampton
Roads. "By protecting the Atlantic striped bass population, we can
ensure future generations access to this valuable resource."