Ten years ago, Phil Goodyear, PhD, presented a paper at a National Marine Fisheries Service symposium on recreational fishing concerning the impact of minimum-size regulations on striped bass. He theorized that mandating a minimum size of 28 inches for striped bass, which happens to be the size where they really hit their maximum growth rate, selected the faster-growing and potentially bigger fish. Over time this minimum size would encourage the harvest of those fish that were hitting their stride and growing faster, leaving the slower-growing, smaller fish in the stock. It would also place all the fishing mortality on the spawning-stock biomass. While this paper received some press, many still felt the slowing of the growth of striped bass was due solely to lack of forage base, and was not management induced. It appears that Goodyear was ahead of the curve.