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A survey has found the juvenile striped bass population is the eighth highest since recording began in 1954.

The Department of Natural Resources survey measures spawning success. It found an average of 24.2 juvenile fish per sample. That's about double the long-term average of 11.9.

Eric Durell, a DNR fisheries biologist, says the higher juvenile population is a good sign for the future.

The Easton Star-Democrat reports that the juvenile population peaked in 1996 after a moratorium on the striped bass fishery in the mid-1980s.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - New regulations are going into effect in Maryland and Delaware for a reduction in fishing for striped bass.

The two states have taken different approaches to recommendations for the fishing reduction.

Maryland is changing regulations for inland fishing and on the coast. Last year, anglers could catch two striped bass per day per person. This year they can only catch one per day.

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Maryland watermen say that the striped brass have been feeding on crabs leading to their low numbers.

And, now they are circulating a picture on the Internet that shows a striped bass cut open with around 20 small crabs inside.

Waterman Larry Powley on Hooper’s Island told WBOC that his happens all of the time.

He said with the underwater grasses disappearing from the bay the crab sit on the bottom an easy target for the fish.

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Not as many crabs are showing up this year on the boats of watermen in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

Jack Brooks, a co-owner at J.M. Clayton Company in Cambridge told WBOC that he believes Hurricane Sandy which killed a large number of crabs last October may be one reason for the decline.

Other reasons he said include an overabundance of striped bass and other fish that are feeding on small crabs.

He said the protected fish like striped bass need to be fished more to even out the ecosystem.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding two hearings in Delaware on proposed management plans for Atlantic striped bass and black drum.

The striped bass hearing will be held Thursday night, followed by the black drum hearing next Tuesday.


      BALTIMORE (AP) - Chesapeake Bay scientists say underwater grasses declined more than 20 percent last year, a blow to many fish and other species that need the grass to live or breed.

     Heavy rains and snow melt that sent tons of mud and debris into the bay and extreme summer heat are being blamed for the loss of the key habitat.