Maine Seafood Guide – Striped Bass
Health Benefits & Risks
Buying & Preparing
Striped bass Morone saxatilis also known as stripers
Wild. There is aquaculture for striped bass, but no farms currently operating in Maine. Cultured fish are typically hybrids (white bass female crossed with a striped bass male).
Striped bass are a migratory fish that range from the St. Lawrence River in Canada south to Florida. A long-lived species (up to 30 years), striped bass migrate along the coast, in salt and fresh water, inhabiting beaches, rocky shores, bays, estuaries, and deep river channels.
Summer, when migrating stripers enter Maine estuaries and coastal rivers. Populations and migrations vary from year to year.
Striped bass, once heavily overfished, have recovered following the implementation of strict management controls on the commercial and recreational fisheries. The 2015 Atlantic striped bass stock assessment update indicates the resource is not overfished or experiencing overfishing (more from Fishwatch.gov).
Commercial fishing for striped bass is prohibited in Maine. Recreational fishing in state waters is governed by the Department of Marine Resources. The migratory stock is managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
It is illegal to take fish in Federal waters (waters farther than 3 miles offshore)
Season is January 1 to December 31
Limits: 1 fish per day, greater than or equal to 28 inches and less than or equal to 35 inches in total length.
Gear restrictions: Hook and line only, no gaffing.
►Health Benefits & Risks
Striped bass is a low-fat source of selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.
There is a consumption advisory for striped bass due to contamination from mercury, PCBs, dioxin, and other chemicals. The State of Maine recommends that pregnant and nursing women, women who may get pregnant, nursing mothers and children under 8 not eat any striped bass. Everyone else should eat no more than four meals per year.
►Buying & Preparing
The sale of wild striped bass caught for personal use or by commercial fisheries in other states or jurisdictions is prohibited in the State of Maine. Striped bass sold in Maine markets and restaurants is therefore cultured product primarily from the Southern US.
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►Certifications & Verifications
- Coastal Conservation Association Maine Chapter
- Read Striper by John Cole.
- Read Striper Wars by Dick Russell.