The for hire lobby effort for two Striper daily bag limit is losing momentum. Despite early indications, several states are reconsidering revisiting support for a one per day bag limit. President Young feels that the time is right to renew our effort in support of 1@28". Following is a sample letter that you are encouraged to utilize for your correspondence. Three officials should be contacted. The sample letter has an email and Postal address for DEC Director Gilmore. The Governor and DEC Commissioner have postal addresses and structured web site communication. Their postal address follow.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Joseph Martens, Commissioner
New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-0001

James J. Gilmore, Jr.
NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Bureau of Marine Resources
205 N Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, New York 11733-3400


Director Gilmore,

The Coalition for Recreational Fishing is concerned about the recent Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) recommendation for future striped bass management. The MRAC recommendation calls for 2 fish per person per day for all users between 28 and 34 inches, and a second fish somewhere over 36” (size to be determined by DEC to meet the harvest reduction). The recommendation includes a request that DEC officials calculate the size of the second larger fish, in inches, needed in order to achieve a harvest savings of 28%. Thus, a NO HARVEST SLOT would be created. As an example, if DEC determines that a second fish over 38 inches will achieve a 28% harvest reduction, a no harvest slot between 34 and 38 inches would be created. The Coalition wants to point out that a no harvest slot would create several new management and enforcement problems.

First, private anglers are likely to be confused by this slot. Private anglers in New York have never fished with a “no harvest slot,” and it may lead to errors, overharvesting, and “innocent” errors. Second, since spear fishermen are allowed to harvest striped bass, we wonder how a spear harvester under water with limited visibility and with a needed to make a quick decision to shoot or not, can be expected to accurately harvest striped bass. Third, a narrow “no harvest” slot will require more careful measuring that will likely mean that fish in that slot will be kept out of the water for a longer period of time. This will effectively make live releasing Stripers more difficult and will likely increase post release mortality.

Enforcement will get a lot more complicated and awkward. It is important to note that if this recommendation is implemented greater resources from DEC will be required in order to properly educate anglers and also to enforce the regulation. We point out that the legislature and governor then has a responsibility to make these resources available should the recommendation be approved.

Our recommendation, however, is much simpler to understand and enforce. We continue to advocate a bag limit of one fish per person per day over 28” for both private and for-hire fishermen as a means of increasing the odds that the new management effort will be easy to understand and enforce, and will achieve a significant reduction in the striped bass harvest.

Yours truly,

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New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing

 The Montauk Surfcasters Association is a non-profit organization that:
Preserves and protects the privilege to fish on Long Island.
Represents MSA on the Fishing Advisory Board, an ad hoc committee which advises New York State on matters affecting surf fishermen such as permit regulations, beach access, fees, habitat & use of State Parks.
Represents fishermen on matters affecting the use of Suffolk County Parks
Lobbies elected officials on regulations affecting the fishery, habitat protection and other environmental matters.
Monitors State and local candidates for office and informs membership on issues affecting fishermen.

Annual activities of the M.S.A include:
Spring and fall clean-up of the beaches surrounding Montauk Point; participation in National Beach Clean-up Day; spring clean-up at Cedar Beach.
Annual poster contest in Montauk as part of Oktoberfest.
Annual picnic at Suffolk County Park - Third House.
Participation in fishing seminars.

• Annual membership dues are $15.00 for adults 18 years and older; $20.00 for family.
Members in good standing receive a quarterly newsletter.
Six meetings per year: Four meetings held on the first Saturday in May, June, October and November in Montauk; two meetings held in Islip on the first Saturday of January and March.

President: Willy Young
Vice President: Mike Lang
Treasure: Paul Valenti
Communications Director: Jay Blatt
Recording Secretary:  [Open]
Membership: Maryann Young
Vice President Emeritus (deceasesd): Ken Dobos
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