Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act: Unconstitutional Amendment of an Interstate Compact?

by Jill L. Bubier, Marine Law Inst, Portland, ME. USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


The striped bass (Morone saxatilis), a popular and valuable resource which migrates through eastern coastal waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, has experienced serious decline in recent years. There has been much debate and speculation over the cause of the decline, including such factors as overfishing, pollution, loss of habitat, and acid rain. In the fall of 1984, Congress intervened and passed a law requiring all eastern states from Maine to North Carolina to adopt certain conservation measures or face a federally imposed moratorium on all striped bass fishing.

Subject Headings: Acid rain | Aquatic habitats | Fish management | Sea water | Water resources | Gulfs | Developing countries | Water-based recreation | Canada | Maine | United States | North Carolina | Gulf of Mexico

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