(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Juvenile striped bass numbers in the Chesapeake Bay are higher than average this year, according to survey results released this week by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statement.
"This year's resurgence of young striped bass in the Chesapeake is a promising sign. Hopefully these fish will grow and thrive in the Bay in the coming years as a result of the improving water quality we're seeing under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. A key part of ensuring a healthy population of adult striped bass will be wise management of the menhaden fishery, an important food fish for striped bass."
Editor's note: Virginia survey results can be found here and Maryland survey results can be found here.