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ASMFC expected to set stricter regs for harvesting striped bass

A new status review has found the striped bass population to be in worse shape than previously thought, a result that will almost certainly trigger new catch restrictions for the prized species next year in the Chesapeake Bay and along the East Coast.

A preview of a soon-to-be-released stock assessment presented in February to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission indicates that the striped bass population is overfished and has been for several years.

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Look around for signs of the season springing up around the watershed

The first day of spring is March 21, but March can be a fickle month with weather bringing everything from icy winds or snow to downright balmy days. Depending on the weather patterns, it’s often hard to know if spring...
Kathy Reshetiloff | Bay Naturalist 03/08/19

Lure of mainland tugs at roots – and hearts – of Smith Islanders

In the spring of 1987, I made the best move of my life — to remote Smith Island, MD, whose fisherfolk had endured for more than three centuries, 10 miles offshore in the center of Chesapeake Bay. It never crossed my...
Tom Horton | Chesapeake Born 03/13/19

Tiptoe through the trilliums at Thompson WMA

It was late spring last year when I got the tip: For a spectacular showcase of wildflowers, head to the G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Fauquier County, VA. And so I did, hoping to glimpse the blooms that...
Leslie Middleton | Bay Journeys Article 03/15/19
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