YARMOUTH — A multistate commission is directing Maine to reduce its harvest of striped bass by 25 percent next year.

Maine fishery regulators are planning an informational meeting about the ruling, approved recently by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The commission’s ruling directs coastal states to reduce their catch of striped bass. A stock assessment found that the fish’s 2012 mortality was higher than anticipated and the spawning female population is declining.

Maine’s striped bass fishery is year-round and recreational only. The current rules allow fishermen to take and possess one fish per day.

The informational meeting will take place on Tuesday in Yarmouth.


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