First study to demonstrate the interaction of diet and mycobacteriosis in fish.
“Challenge studies with Mycobacterium marinum clearly demonstrate that a poor diet affects the progression and severity of mycobacteriosis in striped bass Morone saxatilis. Effective multi- species management of predator and prey offers one of the few potential intervention strategies for addressing this disease in a relatively short time frame.”
Information provided to the sub-committee on Fisheries, Wildlife & Oceans (Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C.) May 8, 2008. Legislative hearing on H.R.3840 – The Atlantic Menhaden Conservation Act; and H.R.3841 – To prohibit the commercial harvesting of Atlantic menhaden for reduction purposes in the coastal waters and the exclusive economic zone.
Presented August 16, 2006 to the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board, ASMFC.
Report prepared by the Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. at the request of the Secretary of the Maryland Department Of Natural Resources submitted to the Maryland Department Of Natural Resources.
The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of the increased striped bass population on its prey, develop a historical profile of the feeding habits and predatory demand of striped bass, and identify the influence of mycobateria on the over all health of the striped bass population in the Chesapeake Bay.
The Atlantic menhaden decline along the East Coast of the United States has profound ecological significance, engendering concern and controversy regarding management of our coastal fisheries. Menhaden are a vital component of the coastal food web, important in the diet of many predators and crucial to the diet of large striped bass. Menhaden are a … Continue reading “Effects of Menhaden Depletion on Atlantic Coast Striped Bass”
First published study on the diet of large striped bass, during their ocean residency in winter. (Recreational catches represented approx. 75% of striped bass in the study)
“This study outlines the importance of clupeoid fishes to striped bass winter production and also shows that predation may be exerting pressure on one of their dominant prey, the Atlantic menhaden. In the recreational catches,…biomass of Atlantic menhaden remained consistent (>70%) from 2005 through 2007 and was highest in 2007 (94.5%).”