BillV - I have to fully agree with your post. The commercial fishing industry always is the easiest to blame when stocks drop and there are concerns. That is not the case when it comes to striped bass. The recreational fisherman hammer striped bass stocks. You reap what you sew.I copied the above graph from the ASMFC site. Unfortunately I think the recreational fisherman may be more to blame than the commericial fisherman when it comes to stripers.