What are Striped Bass?
Striped bass, or rockfish, is a key top predator, and uses the Bay as an important spawning and nursery area. Striped bass is Maryland’s state fish and a popular commercial and recreational fishery.
How are Striped Bass measured?
A trawl survey is conducted annually throughout Maryland and Virginia to estimate striped bass abundance index. Adult striped bass of ages 1-3 are used in this analysis. Since striped bass are a long lived fish, a three year average of the numerical index is used to determine the score. Striped bass populations are naturally variable, and short-duration declines in the index are not generally a cause for concern.
For striped bass the number of adult fish is most important to evaluate the health of the population. There is no target level of striped bass that has been determined by state of federal agencies to maintain the striped bass population at a healthy rate.