1997 Striped Bass Cooperative Study
Conference Report (12/10/97)
Health of Striped Bass in the Chesapeake Questioned
Striped Bass Health and Forage Base Investigation
We are conducting studies to determine the cause of ulcerative dermatitis syndrome, a disease that has caused sores and lesions on fin fish throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and what effect reduced numbers of Atlantic Menhaden have on the diet of fish and bird populations in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic Coast. At the present time the Bay’s forage base for striped bass, primarily Atlantic Menhaden and Bay Anchovy are at historically low levels. The widespread disease problems including mycobacterial infections that have affected Striped Bass in the Chesapeake Bay since 1997 have alarmed fishermen, conservationists and State Officials. Experimental evidence with mycobacterial infections has shown that once infections are established, they are progressive, leading to emaciation, appearance of sores and ultimately may result in death.
Please see "Home" under "Latest Reports". These reports provide the latest investigation results that explain why striped bass health and weight at length have declined in the Chesapeake Bay.
This site will continue to provide information and scientific data from numerous studies and peer reviewed papers, in order to inform the scientific community and the public of the status of our research concerning the depletion of the food supply in the Chesapeake Bay.