Gamefish Status for Stripers

Over the weekend President Bush signed an executive order giving striped bass and red fish gamefish status in federal waters.

Over the weekend President Bush signed an executive order giving striped bass and red fish gamefish status in federal waters.

Brad Burns, president of conservation group Stripers Forever, said in a press release "President Bush, an avid angler himself, has listened to concerned recreational saltwater fishermen on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and set a strong precedent by conserving these highly important species in federal waters and encouraging those coastal states that have not already done so to apply the same management tool in their inshore waters."

For more in-depth analysis and discussion on this issue, check out Ted Williams' blog.