The Striped Bass American Heritage Act introduced by Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) is a bill before the US Congress to designate the Striped Bass as the National Fish of the United States.
On April 28, 2015 Congressman Tom MacArthur(R-NJ)
introduced the Striped Bass American Heritage Act,
Contact your representative today and ask them to support the Striped Bass American Heritage Act.
Congressman MacArthur, who sits on the House Natural Resources Committee, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance believe the time has come to award the striper the same recognition held by the bald eagle. "I am honored to introduce this bill to finally recognize the striped bass as our national fish and enshrine its place in our nation's cultural heritage." Congressman MacArthur's seat on the Committee places him in a key position to shepherd this legislation through the process.
The initiative, if successful, will formally designate the striped bass as an official symbol of the United States. It will provide a species that fishermen and naturalists recognize as "all-American" with a status that could ensure greater respect and protection than is currently available under limited fishery management plans designed to merely maintain the stocks.
Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association says, "NMMA is proud to support the American Striped Bass Heritage Act.
Live stripers were shipped to the Pacific by train in 1897, and established themselves in California where they continue to be found today.
In addition, striped bass have been stocked in rivers, lakes and reservoirs in 20 states where they are prized as game fish.