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Striped bass season approaching
Topic Started: Apr 30 2018, 09:28 AM (3 Views)
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Striped bass season approaching
by Ken Neil III at the The Daily Press | April 26, 2018

The trophy striped bass season begins May 1. Anglers may keep one striped bass per day at least 36 inches long. There is a no-cost permit required, along with mandatory reporting.

Also opening May 1 is the blueline tilefish season. This requires another no-cost permit and reporting of catches. The bag limit is three fish. Charter boats have different regulations.

Sea bass regulations have had a hang-up. The season was set to open May 15 and run through the end of the year without the closure in the fall that we’ve had for a number of years. The sea bass regulations have been protested by some of the states to our north. The season will still open May 15, but what happens after that will not be known until the protest process is finished.

There is some good news for the Chesapeake Bay.

For the third consecutive year, submerged aquatic vegetation has shown record growth and is ahead of schedule for restoration of the bay’s grasses. Robert Orth of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences reported to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission that for the first time since surveys were begun in 1979, coverage now exceeds 100,000 acres.

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