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Sep 17 2008

Overfished Stocks in the United States

Published by at 11:00 am under Fisheries Conservation Talk,Striped Bass

I was doing some research on Striped Bass  concerning what is known about the health of the population along the east coast. Some say the striper  population is fine, while others of us are a bit skeptical based on how the data is collected and limitations of the analysis process. While searching around I found this map on the NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries that summarizes as of second quarter of this year which fish species along the US coasts are considered overfished. Scarey. And even more scary when you start to think about the fact that fish populations do not exist by themselves, but rather they live and thrive via the entire ecosystem. If a food source down the food web chain starts to dwindle, it hurts bigger fish up the chain. It all works together. Take a look at the Highly Migratory Species list, crazy man.

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