Written by Chris Gatley | ESPNOutdoors.com
Monday, 14 June 2010 10:39
Commerical boats frustrating recreational anglers by
affecting striper fishing
By now, saltwater anglers realize the
importance of adult menhaden, or bunker, and the symbiotic relationship
bunker play within our ecosystem.
Bunker are the true lifeline to
the entire striped bass population along the east coast. What's more,
bunker are filter feeders, and without them only bacteria and jellyfish
can eat the plankton floating in the water.
The complexity here
is that jellyfish also eat fish fry as well as fish eggs. In short,
bunkers play a pivotal role in balancing the ecosystem.
now, the Atlantic Coast, specifically New Jersey, is witnessing a
crushing blow to its Atlantic menhaden or bunker fishery with an
unprecedented disturbance to the heart of the striped bass migration.
weeks, large purse-seining vessels have situated themselves immediately
off our coast while spotter planes and helicopters locate schools.
clockwork, planes and purse-seine vessels work in harmony as huge nets
are continually set throughout the day. Most vessels have been adhering
to the state legislation requiring them to remain at least three miles
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