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Strong agreement on weakfish
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Star-Ledger Staff
Status quo on weakfish regulations was endorsed at last week's Weakfish Management Plan hearings at Cape May and Toms River. It was surprising that both recreational and commercial fishermen generally agreed on that same course of action.

Due to sharply reduced landings of weakfish the past few years plus a negative stock assessment, the plan recommended sharp reductions in fishing mortality even though scientists attributed the problem to natural mortality rather than overfishing. The stock assessment itself is in question following the surprising run of weakfish into Raritan Bay this summer, which occurred despite the warnings about the stock disappearing.
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