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Striped bass are large fish with prominent stripes along the sides.  It is found mostly from the St. Lawrence river to the St. John’s river in Florida, although man has extended its region throughout the United States.  Most commercial striped bass come from Maine to North Carolina. There are a few land looked populations of striped bass, buy most are anadromous, swimming into major rivers in spring to spawn.  In Summer and Fall, stripers consume bay anchovy and Atlantic Menhaden; in winter they eat larval and juvenile spot and Atlantic croaker; in the Spring they feed on white perch, alewives and blueback herring.  Cooked, striped bass is grayish and soft with a large, meaty flake.  It is a full and richly flavored fish.  The population once struggled until a ban was put in place and now the fishery is extremely healthy.  From Maine through North Carolina, Atlantic striped bass is managed through the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass, developed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).  It is fished mainly by hook and line and gill-nets.Wreckfish has firm white flesh with a large heavy flake.  It has a mild flavor similar to grouper and sea bass.  Wreckfish is versitile and can be used in a variety of preparations.  The wreckfish fishery is notoriously a difficult fishery, and there are only 7 vessels currently participating with only 2 or 3 fishing full time.  Heavy-duty hydraulic reels with 1/8 inch cable are used to fish wreckfish.  Heavy weights and multiple circle hooks baited with squid are attached to the cable.  The gear hovers just above the ocean floor and does not impact bottom habitat.  There is minimal bycatch in the wreckfish fishery, and landings are at extremely low levels.
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