Attention Maine Saltwater Anglers – Maine DMR is hosting an open, online meeting on April 21 at 6 p.m. to share updates on striped bass management and research in Maine and most importantly, hear from you about what you want from your fishery and your fishery managers. There will be a segment about the management process at ASMFC but this is not a public hearing on Amendment 7. If you have feedback for DMR or want to learn more about the management process I hope you’ll join and invite others to do same.
Recreational anglers have a very small footprint within DMR and our opportunity to have more influence will never be better. We play a significant role in Maine’s marine economy and yet have limited resources devoted to our fisheries at the state level. Other segments of our marine economy have done a better job at advocating and securing the support that they deserve. We need to step up our game and this meeting is a perfect opportunity to do so.