Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act Law and Legal Definition

The Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act (“Act”) is a U.S. federal law, enacted in 1984, for the conservation of striped bass. The provisions of the Act are found under 16 USCS § 1851. The Act has been amended a number of times since its enactment.

The Act aims to support and promote the development, implementation, and enforcement of effective interstate conservation and management of the Atlantic striped bass. Recognizing the commercial and recreational importance of Atlantic striped bass, the Act establishes a consistent management scheme for its conservation. Coastal states that fail to adhere to the required management plan are subject to a striped bass fishing moratorium enforced by the federal government.

The Act also mandates an annual survey of striped bass fisheries in the coastal states.