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Public hearing Tuesday on striped-bass fishing regulations

People who fish for striped bass for work or fun will have a chance to weigh in on new restrictions being considered to keep the highly prized fish in ample supply.

A public hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stony Brook University's Wang Center, in Room 201.

Fisheries regulators at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are considering a range of measures to temporarily reduce the harvest of striped bass and preserve a critical breeding-year class. Stripers are not considered overfished, but regulators say measures are needed to rebuild a population that has seen harvest declines in recent years.

Among the measures up for consideration: reducing the number of fish individuals can keep each day during the season to one fish from a current two; increasing the size of keeper striped bass from a current 28 inches; or setting a size range for keepers -- from 28 inches to 34 inches, for instance.

Commercial fishing boats face a reduction of 15 percent.

The restrictions would be in place starting next year and would last from one to three years, depending on which option regulators agree on.

Those who can't attend the meeting can email comments to mwaine@asmfc.org.

More information about Tuesday's meeting and the draft proposal is available at

www.asmfc.org/calendar/9/2014/NYSDEC-Public-Hearing-on-Striped-Bass-Draft-Addendum-IV/574.

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