The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently announced that the 2013 striped bass juvenile index is 5.8.
The survey is conducted at 22 major sites in the four major spawning systems; the Choptank, Potomac, and Nanticoke rivers, and the Upper Bay.
DNR biologists visited each site monthly from July through September, collecting fish samples with two sweeps of a 100-foot beach seine. Juvenile indices are calculated as the average catch of young-of-year fish per sample.
During this year’s survey of juveniles, biologists counted more than 34,000 fish of 51 different species, including 759 juvenile Striped Bass.
The survey indicated that a number of other species experienced good spawning conditions during the 2013 season. American shad reproduction was approximately four times higher than the long-term average, particularly in the Potomac River. White perch experienced near-average reproduction.
DNR has monitored the reproductive success of Striped Bass and other species in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay annually since 1954.
For more information, visit: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/juvindex/
source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources