ALL ABOUT THE BAIT
New York’s outstanding striper fishing is the result of bait concentrations, particularly an increase in menhaden. In 2012, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission began to regulate the menhaden catch by large-scale, low-value reduction fisheries: specifically, one company that catches 85 percent of the quota — millions of pounds — and grinds them up into things like fish meal and fish oil. A 20 percent reduction in 2012 would be the obvious reason we’re seeing such numbers now. Although the industry argues that the increase is due to favorable environmental conditions and, thus, has been pushing for more quota ever since. The ASMFC is currently working on an amendment to redistribute the quota and manage menhaden as an essential prey species.