I don't think the big bad government is out to get the recreational surfcaster. In fact, the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act of 1984 was a federal law that probably saved the fish from disappearing entirely. I also don't have a problem with anyone eating a fish once in a while. That being said, I sure as hell wouldn't mind if "catch, photograph and release" becomes more popular among fishermen.
For those of you not familiar with the organization, Stripers Forever has been working to have states (especially Massachusetts) designate striped bass strictly a game fish. Their most recent report on the health of the fishery is frightening. Read this- if you're not already concerned, you will be. http://www.stripersforever.org/?p=899