MiraMichi River Atlantic Salmon Score a Victory Over Striped Bass

Mark Hambrook is the President of the Miramichi Salmon Association. He’s personally witnessed the decline of Atlantic salmon and now the explosive return of Striped Bass. To help restore balance, New Brunswick’s recreational anglers supported the Eel Ground First Nations community to secure the rights to harvest Striped Bass commercially. The goal is that by working together, everyone benefits from sustainable and bountiful fisheries for many generations to come.

Link to hear Mark Hambrook explain how climate change and excessive commercial fishing off the coast of Greenland are threatening a recreational salmon fishery that dates back to the 1800’s on Blue Fish Radio.

The following are five key conservation measures advocated for by the Miramichi Salmon Association:

  1. Keep the striped bass fishery open from April 15 to October 15 in non-tidal water and until October 31 in tidal water
  2. Substantially increase the daily bag limit to 6 fish and allow two days possession limit
  3. Change the slot size restriction to anything greater than 50 cm
  4. Work with the First Nations to allow them unlimited catch of striped bass in their pound nets and allow them to commercially sell the bass
  5. No size restrictions for bass retention in fresh water (non-tidal)

Link below for more information about the Miramichi Salmon Association: www.miramichisalmon.ca