The Coast Guard issued violations last week on two separate occasions off Cape May, NJ due to the possession of Atlantic striped bass within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Coast Guard law enforcement crews conduct boardings on a routine
basis throughout the Mid-Atlantic and place an emphasis on the
protection of the Atlantic striped bass against commercial and
recreational fishing within the EEZ.
A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May discovered three
Atlantic striped bass while boarding a pleasure craft
approximately eight miles off Cape May.
A boarding team from the Virginia-based Coast Guard Cutter Dependable
found five Atlantic striped bass while boarding a pleasure
craft approximately three and a half nautical miles off Cape May within
More stringent regulations adopted in the 1980s were lifted in the
mid-90s as stocks replenished; however, the prohibition of catching,
fishing for or possessing Atlantic Striped Bass in the EEZ continues to
be a federal offense.
“It is illegal to possess or target the Atlantic striped bass in
federal waters, which begin three miles from shore,” said Lt. Cmdr.
Patricia Bennett, the deputy enforcement chief for the Fifth Coast Guard
District in Portsmouth, Virginia. “In state waters – waters less than
three miles from the coast – each state has its own laws designed to
protect stripers. Even though the Coast Guard does not enforce those
state laws, if we find a violation at the state level, we may notify
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