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Sharp reductions in striped bass catch coming in 2015

Responding to growing concerns about declining striped bass populations, fishery managers this week voted to slash Bay striped bass harvests next year by 20.5 percent and the East Coast catch by 25 percent.

The cuts, approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission during a nine-hour meeting on Wednesday, are aimed at stemming a decade-long decline in the striped bass population, which is close to slipping below its “overfished” threshold.

The population has declined primarily because of a series of below-average years of reproduction since the mid-2000s. The goal of the action is to increase, over time, the number of adult females — or spawning stock — with the hope that they will produce more young fish.

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Blackbeard & the Bay

Blackbeard was one of the most notorious pirates to terrorize the American colonies, and the Chesapeake region played no small role in the ultimate fate of this legend. How much do you know about Blackbeard?
Kathleen Gaskell | Chesapeake Challenge 10/20/14

Everyone needs to participate for an environmentally just Bay

The idea of watershed stewardship — local citizens engaged in restoration — has never gotten enough credit as a means to achieving a healthy Chesapeake. Since the infancy of Bay restoration, the issues of...
Al Todd and Payton Brown | Message from the Alliance 10/20/14

Huntley Meadows’ wetlands attract a variety of species, including humans

Kevin Monroe is mid-sentence, describing how the “teenage,” swamp-like forest surrounding used to be a dairy farm with just a few shade trees, when something catches his eye. At the edge of the gravel trail, a...
Whitney Pipkin | Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network 10/20/14

From the Blogs

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When the Chesapeake restoration effort began, scientists and policymakers raised red flags on the problem: continued rapid growth could easily counter any potential gains from ecological improvements. Twenty-five years later, the clean-up effort lags and the topic of growth receives little serious engagement. Even those who express concern about the true costs of growth tend to accept it as unavoidable reality, treating growth as an unquestioned force of nature that must be “accommodated.” Questioning traditional concepts of growth is avoided among political leaders and environmental groups, and little is taught or discussed in the region’s academic institutions. This makes it critical to re-examine concepts of growth, or the acclaimed bay’s restoration — and quality of life in the region — may be jeopardized.
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