MAR 12, 2019 - BLACK SEA BASS ACTING LIKE BLACK SEA BASS & "GOBBLING UP LOBSTERS"

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MAR 12, 2019 - BLACK SEA BASS ACTING LIKE BLACK SEA BASS & "GOBBLING UP LOBSTERS"

Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:04 pm

At this point, are we really breaking any new ground here on what Black Sea Bass are doing to the valuable lobster and crab populations off the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England region?

The young of New England’s iconic crustacean fall into the right size category. “Black sea bass love little lobsters,” Michael Armstrong, assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, said.

That’s of deep concern to Beth Casoni, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, who says lobster traps are being pillaged by these fish. They are often hauled up with the bass inside the traps, alongside lobsters they couldn’t fit in their mouths, she said. Even more concerning to Casoni is their alleged habit of picking off undersize lobsters tossed overboard by lobstermen.


MV TIMES (3.12.19) Black sea bass gobbling up lobsters Lobstermen’s Association director says fish devour young lobsters, calls for quota boost. By Rich Saltzberg


Here are just a few pics from Captain John Peabody of the fv LADY CLAIRE - Pt. Judith, RI that he passed along to me. I should point out that John has passed along a number of videos and pictures of what his crew goes through in the late fall and early winter with hordes of BSB stuffing his lobster pots. Note that the first group of day images are from different pots coming up...yes each pot had this many BSB in them on one string!

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Further in the story:

Like Massachusetts, Rhode Island is teeming with black sea bass. At certain times of the year, bass taken from Rhode Island waters are found with baby lobsters in their guts, said Jason McNamee, chief of Rhode Island’s Division of Marine Fisheries.

MacNamee’s research indicates black sea bass predation on young lobsters is concentrated in the spring, when fewer other food sources are available to the bass and when the bass and young lobsters cohabitat in stone reefs, wrecks, and other undersea structures.

Later on, after bass mating season, and once other food sources like crab and squid are more bountiful, McNamee said, baby lobsters become less and less evident in bass guts.


So what do you think....Black Sea Bass having a grand old time picking off the SNE lobster population? So why doesn't the fish-crats realize this well noted problem and increase the harvest of BSB?

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Re: MAR 12, 2019 - BLACK SEA BASS ACTING LIKE BLACK SEA BASS & "GOBBLING UP LOBSTERS"

Postby trophyfish » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:04 pm

Sounds like a perfectly good reason to allow May 1 st opening up and down the coast
We been saying this about seabass for years yet no change from the regulatory committees
Yet another reason filler and release is becomming more and more popular every season
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Re: MAR 12, 2019 - BLACK SEA BASS ACTING LIKE BLACK SEA BASS & "GOBBLING UP LOBSTERS"

Postby Salty Bones » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:21 pm

Wow! There are some big boys in those pots!! They really need to open it up before they have a serious lobster decline!
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