Public Hearing Set for Dec. 30 in Dover on Proposed Revisions to Striped Bass Regulations

Addition to News Release Regarding Public Hearing on Striped Bass Regulations Dec. 30

Note to media: The news release issued Dec. 23 regarding the Dec. 30 hearing on striped bass regulations did not include the specific location of the hearing. Below is the news release with the location added to the first paragraph. We apologize for this omission and any inconvenience.

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 on proposed revisions to the State’s Tidal Finfish Regulations affecting striped bass commercial seasons and recreational fishing on spawning grounds. The hearing will be held in DNREC’s
auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

For further information contact Craig Shirey, Fisheries, phone: (302) 739-3441 or Melinda Carl, Public Affairs, (302) 739-4506

December 23, 2004

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 on proposed revisions to the State’s Tidal Finfish Regulations affecting striped bass commercial seasons and recreational fishing on spawning grounds.

Proposed revisions include the following:

• Extension of the commercial gill net season for striped bass to run from
Feb. 15 through May 31 instead of March 1 through April 30;
• Use of drifted nets only to take striped bass during the two weeks of
open season in February in order to minimize additional by-catch losses;
• Extension of the commercial hook and line season for striped bass to run
from April 1 through Dec. 31 instead of Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.
• No increase in the allowable commercial quotas for either gill net or
hook and line.

In addition, The Division will accept testimony and evidence on a proposal to require the use of non-offset circle hooks when recreational fishing with natural bait on designated striped bass spawning grounds during the spawning season of April 1 to May 31. The requirement for circle hooks will apply to hooks normally used to take striped bass and would not apply to hooks having a gap of 3/8 inches or less from point of hook to the hook shank.

Individuals may present their opinions and evidence on the proposed revisions by writing the Fisheries Section, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or by email to roy.miller@state.de.us. The record will remain open for written or email comments until 4:30 p.m., Jan. 4, 2005.

For additional information, contact the Fisheries Section, (302) 739-3441.

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