To the Editor:
I just read your article and was disappointed in your representation of the recreational catch and release fishery.
Ninety percent of all striped bass that are caught by recreational fisherman are released so they get a chance to spawn and rebuild the stock. Ninety-one percent of the released fish survive to fight another day!
There’s a factor that is used to calculate the release mortality that accounts for “Joe six pack” to the avid fisherman that takes every effort to release the fish properly for the best chance of survival.
Imagine if the recreational community were to harvest every “legal” fish they could and put them in the cooler. It would increase the 9% mortality to 100%. So let’s not diminish the conservation-minded anglers that love to fish and be outdoors and do the “right thing” by releasing their fish. If the recreation community decided to harvest every fish that is in their legal right to harvest it would shut the fishery down immediately.
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