CBEF Studies

Striped Bass Health and Forage Base Investigation

The high percentage of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay in poor nutritional condition raises concern about the declining forage base for all predator species that utilize the Chesapeake Bay, including the common loon. During 1997 and 1998 over 60% of the striped bass from Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay that were examined by … Continue reading “Striped Bass Health and Forage Base Investigation”

Health of Striped Bass in the Chesapeake Questioned

The Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. has requested assistance from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to help investigate the diseased striped bass problem in the Chesapeake Bay region. Two conferences have been held, one at the USFWS Office in Annapolis MD, and the other at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Cooperative Laboratory, … Continue reading “Health of Striped Bass in the Chesapeake Questioned”

Conference Report

Striped bass cooperative study to determine the cause of ulcerative dermatitis syndrome Report for December 10, 1997 conference to investigate the decline of the Striped Bass forage base. The dramatic decline of the Chesapeake Bay’s two most abundant and important species of forage fish, the Bay Anchovy and the Atlantic Menhaden, are threatening the health … Continue reading “Conference Report”

Survey II

A total of 93 Striped Bass were caught by hook and line on ten trips in the Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay during a 13 day period from October 2, through October 14, 1997. Out of 93 fish: 58 ranged in size from 16″ to 23″ total length. 42 fish where caught in the Choptank … Continue reading “Survey II”

Survey I

All fish were caught in the Choptank River in a 36 day period, from the time the survey started on 8/18/97. A total of 190 Striped Bass were caught in 16 trips. Out of 190 fish: 111 ranged in size from 18″ – 30″ 12 had red, open, round sores on the body. One 18″ … Continue reading “Survey I”