Current And Future Considerations Concerning Striped Bass Culture and Management

One million acres of water in inland reservoirs currently contain fishable populations of striped bass. Fingerling production in 1974 was in excessof 10.5 million fish and this equals the total fingerling introductions between 1965 and 1973. Major efforts are in progress in estuaries to reestablish striped bass populations and to mitigate losses of fish due to power plant operation. Improved fertilization techniques in ponds should serve to increase fingerling production in the future. The use of hybrids is slowly gaining favor, both in reservoirs and in small impoundments. Reservoir management of striped bass suffers from the lack of quantification of fingerling survival and of the effects of the fish upon the forage base and upon the creel.

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