Albemarle Sound Management Area (ASMA) and Roanoke River Management Area (RRMA) stock (A/R stock)
|Average Recreational Landings 2001–2010 –||ASMA – 56,656 lbs. (quota managed)|
|RRMA – 78,375 lbs. (quota managed)|
|2010 Recreational Landings||ASMA – 11,470 lbs. (quota managed)|
|MA – 72,037 lbs. (quota managed)|
Average Number of Award Citations* (35 lbs../45 inches^) 2001–2010*– 345 (146 releases), 2010*–166 (63 releases)
Status of Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) – An amended N.C. Estuarine Striped Bass FMP was adopted in May 2004 by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) to address the striped bass fisheries in all internal coastal waters of the state. The N.C. Estuarine Striped Bass FMP is currently being reviewed. Advisory committees are holding meetings for the A/R and Central Southern stocks. The draft FMP is scheduled to go before the MFC at their August 2011 meeting for approval to go out for public comment.
Research and Data Needs – Update maturation schedule, release mortality estimates for various gears, and age–1 abundance estimates.
Current Regulations –ASMA Commercial: 18 inches TL minimum size limit and daily landing limit set by proclamation. Annual commercial quota set at 275,000 lbs. ASMA Recreational: 18 inches total length (TL) minimum size limit in coastal, joint and inland waters, 3 fish daily creel limit. RRMA Recreational: 18 inches TL minimum size limit and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches in Roanoke River. Two fish daily creel limit and only 1 fish in daily creel may be greater than 27 inches TL recreational. RRMA is closed to commercial harvest.
Harvest Season – ASMA Recreational: Spring (January 1 – April 30); Fall (October 1 – December 31). ASMA Commercial: Spring (January 1 – April 30); Fall (October 1 – November 30). RRMA: March 1 – April 30
Size and Age at Maturity – Males: 12 – 18 inches/2 – 3 years; Females: 18 – 24 inches/3 – 6 years
Historical and Current Maximum Age – 29 years/17 years
Juvenile Abundance Index 2001–2010 – 7.3, 2010 – 8.9
Habits and Habitats – Striped bass are anadromous, spending the majority of their adult life stage in the high salinity waters of the near–shore ocean and estuaries, migrating to fresh water to spawn in the spring. Striped bass require flowing, fresh water habitats in order to spawn successfully, allowing the eggs to remain suspended until they hatch, and to transport larvae to the nursery areas. Spawning takes place during late April until early June. North Carolina is host to several different stocks of striped bass. One is the Atlantic migratory stock that often over–winters off the Outer Banks. These striped bass originate principally from the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware and Hudson river systems. They remain in their natal systems from two to three years then begin migrating along the Atlantic coast, northward in the summer and southward during the winter. The Albemarle Sound–Roanoke River area supports the largest spawning population in North Carolina. Other populations are found in the Neuse, Tar/Pamlico, and Cape Fear rivers.
*Includes ASMA, CSMA, and the Atlantic Ocean
^Citation release length requirement increased from 35 inches to 45 inches in 2008
For more information, contact Charlton Godwin at Charlton.Godwin@ncdenr.gov or 1-800-338–7805 or (252) 264–3911.
|N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632|