Chesapeake Bay striped bass numbers slump By Timothy B. Wheeler-The Baltimore Sun

After a near-record high a year ago, the drop in the species could spell trouble for recreational and commercial fishing industry.  The number of young striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay fell to a record low this year, a drastic decline from a near-record high the year before, Maryland officials reported Tuesday. Biologists checking Maryland’s part of the bay found the fewest newly spawned striped bass that they’ve tallied in any year since annual surveys for the fish began 59 years ago, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported.

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