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Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Striped bass catch curbs ordered
Striped bass catch curbs ordered

Moving to counter worrisome declines in one of the East Coast's most prized fish, an interstate commission has ordered a 25 percent cutback in the catch of striped bass along the Atlantic coast next year and a somewhat more gradual reduction by anglers and commercial fishermen in the Chesapeake Bay. The decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission during its meeting this week in Mystic, Conn., came in response to a warning last year by scientists that striped bass — Maryland's state fish, also known as rockfish — were on the verge of being overfished. Experts predicted the number of spawning females would slip to unsustainable levels within the next year...