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Please bear with me, a sportfish we all know and love's future is at stake!! Not unlike a "silent auction", running up at the last minute, a few opposing groups to the bill that will thwart commercial pressure on the striped bass fishery in the Hudson River have blitzed the committee chairman responsible for the bill: WE MUST DO THE SAME!!

Please take a few moments and fax or e-mail the letter below with your signature. If you are invested in the striped bass future in one of it's main nursery areas, please take some time!! Please, before noon today!

VIA [email protected]

VIA FACSIMILE 518-455-4921

Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli
Legislative Office Building 837
Albany, NY 12248
Dear Chairman DiNapoli:
I am writing you in strong support of Bill A10141, which prohibits the taking of striped bass from the Hudson River for commercial purposes north of the George Washington Bridge.
The Hudson River, along with the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River, are the three primary spawning areas for striped bass. Of these three estuaries, the Hudson River is considered the second largest.
Recognizing the uniqueness of these spawning areas, none of the States that are responsible for the management of striped bass while they are on the spawning grounds permit the taking of striped bass for commercial purposes during the Spring spawning period.
The Hudson River is comparable to the Delaware River in that both are relatively narrow and shallow bodies of water. Recognizing the unique nature of river spawning and juvenile nursery areas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey completely prohibit the taking of striped bass for commercial purposes from the Delaware River.
Bycatch fisheries for striped bass are simply not a tenable option. Time and again, when a high-value fish such as striped bass is permitted to be caught as bycatch, it becomes the de facto targeted species and the originally targeted species becomes a secondary consideration.
Finally, the Hudson River striped bass population plays a vital role in providing a recreational and commercial fishery for the entire East Coast. From the perspective of the recreational fishing community, the striped bass is the only fish that grows to truly large proportions that is available to shore or small boat-bound anglers. A commercial fishery for striped bass on the Hudson River will have a severe negative impact on the fish, those who seek them along the coast, and the marine businesses that depend on a healthy striped bass population.
I urge you and all members of the Environmental Conservation Committee to vote yes on Bill A10141. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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