CHATHAM – Local commercial fishermen are saying they agree with new regulations placed on striped bass.
Concerns over the stock of the fish have resulted in a 25 percent catch rate reduction.
Recreational anglers will also face new restrictions and will only be able to catch one striper instead of two.
While the new regulations will have an impact on supply and demand of striped bass, one local fishing official says the regulations needed to be put in place.
“It’s a good move. iT had to be done,” said Ray Kane, outreach coordinator for the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. “Commercial fishermen realize it has to be done.”
Kane says this past summer saw striped bass available in markets and restaurants from the Fourth of July until Labor Day. “A lot of tourists come to Cape Cod and want to eat locally caught fish as opposed to farm raised striped bass,” he said.