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New Jersey 2019 Striped Bass Bonus Program Opens

Applications for the 2019 SBBP are currently available. The application deadline is October 31, 2019. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be processed.

All 2018 permit holders must reapply to receive a 2019 permit. The number of permits issued will be limited at the Division’s discretion based on harvest reports and other factors to ensure the 2019 quota is not exceeded.

Updated and new information about the SBBP is posted on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when available.

Reporting of all harvested bonus fish is mandatory.

Effective September 1, 2019, the SBBP regulations are as follows:

One fish per permit 24″ to less than 28″
September 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Please note that the order of fish harvested does not matter.

Bonus harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported within 24 hours of harvest via online or by calling 609-748-2074.

New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters are as follows:

One fish 28″ to less than 43″ AND one fish 43″ or greater

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

New Jersey is allocated a commercial harvest quota of striped bass under the Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan as administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Since New Jersey does not allow netting or sale of striped bass, this quota was transferred to the recreational fishing sector resulting in the origin of the SBBP.

The current allocation from ASMFC is 215,912 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2019, any overage would be subtracted from the 2020 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, the Division encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife initiated the program in 1990 to allow the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey recreational anglers. Although the program has been modified throughout the years, the main goal of the SBBP is to allow anglers to participate in the management process while enjoying their favorite recreational pastime. It is a popular program and provides valuable data for assessing stock status and fishing trends, making it an integral part of New Jersey’s striped bass management.

For more info on SBBP visit https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bonusbas.htm.