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Friday, July 20, 2007

Commercial Striped Bass Season/Quota

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As of this typing, it's at 12%. I talked to one guy who fishes commercially for bass and he told me the first day of the season was slow. Hopefully it will pick up and the season will be successful and last a while.

I heard the other day that several people are feeding the seals that have taken up residence at Great Point and the surrounding waters. They catch bluefish in the rip and then bring the fish to the beach and feed them to the seals. They are also attracting the seals to their boats by splashing fish in the water until the seals come up to the boat and eat from their hands.
I wonder if this is legal? Aren't seals a federally protected animal?


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure a few people feeding some seals bluefish is having any real impact on the new colony out at Great Point.

I would suspect it formed because the population around Nantucket has exploded in the last few years. This is due to a lack of predators (gotta love those shark tournaments)and the rejoining of Monomoy Island to the mainland allowing land based predators to access the colony over there, causing them to move here.

Just my guess....T

Martie said...

But it is it okay to feed them? Are they federally protected?

Anonymous said...

I doubt it...T

Martie said...

It may be okay to feed them.