Do you love fishing for striped bass, or as they're known in the Chesapeake, rockfish? Well, of course you do. The bigger question at the moment is, do you love the striped bass itself? And if the answer is yes, then as a responsible angler you owe it to yourself to learn as much as you can about the fish itself, the fishery, and how you can play a role in influencing its future.

In a perfect world maybe you’d sign up for a class about striped bass at the local community college, volunteer twice a week for a restoration or research project, and attend each and every Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting up and down the East Coast. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, and doing just one of these three things much less all of them isn’t even close to realistic. That’s why the sportfishing community has coalesced to create a series of angler-focused, interactional, educational discussions including both seasoned professionals of the striped bass world and recreational anglers like you and I, called The Past, Present, and Future of Striped Bass, a Chesapeake Bay Perspective.

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Tune in for the Past, Present, and Future of Striped Bass, a Chesapeake Bay Perspective.

This informative and entertaining series will be free, open to the public, and include live audience participation. We hope everyone will go take three seconds to preregister, and we’ll send you an email reminder and link before the broadcast. A panel of people who have made careers revolving around rockfish will be on hand to educate and engage as many members of the angling public as possible, while bringing them up to speed on the issues surrounding stripers and how we can play a role in forming the future of the fishery. And it will be hosted by yours truly.

If you care about these fish — if you want your children and your grandchildren to have the opportunity to fall in love with them the same way we have — you’re invited you to join in on these events. They will kick off on Thursday May 12 at 7:00 p.m. time, with “Past, Present, and Future of Striped Bass: The Dark Years – Lessons Learned from the Striper Moratorium of 1985 to 1990.” More than a mere history lesson, an expert panel comprised of those who lived and fished through this darkest period in the history of rockfish will discuss how the fishery, regulations, and fish populations have changed through time, helping us all gain the broad perspective necessary to look at the big picture. Anglers are invited to sign on to the video feed via FishTalk’s Facebook or YouTube channels, and after the initial discussion the panel will take questions via viewer comments. 

On July 14, we’ll present “Past, Present, and Future of Striped Bass: The Current State of the Striper Fishery, Habitat, and Forage.” Then on September 22 the topic will be “Past, Present, and Future of Striped Bass: Rebuilding a Better Striper Fishery, One the Bay Anglers Deserve.”

Now, back to the original question: do you love rockfish? If your answer is yes, be sure to show up or tune in for The Past, Present, and Future of Striped Bass, a Chesapeake Bay Perspective series. You owe it to yourself — and to the fish.