In light of recent news about the declining fishery, the 29th Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch and Release Tournament will be determined by a fish quota and finish time, not the number of striped bass caught and released, organizers announced.

The popular tournament is set for the evening of Saturday, May 30.

In the past, tournament organizers awarded plaques in three categories: most fish caught and released by a team; most fish caught and released in which each angler could only use one fly; and the largest fish caught and released. This year those rules will be changed.

The new fish quota system aims to reduce high tallies. The quota for teams of three members or less is four fish, a minimum of 16 inches in length, per fisherman. The quota for teams of four or more fishermen is three fish per fisherman. Once a team meets its full quota it records the time. Whichever team fills its quota earliest, not fish numbers, will determine first, second and third place.

The tournament will also require that hooks must be barbless, or barbs must be crushed down.

The tournament was founded 29 years ago to promote honesty, camaraderie and conservation.

A number of trophies are awarded.

For information, call Cooper Gilkes at 508-627-3909, or e-mail Nelson Sigelman at