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Striped bass populations, once abundant in the Albemarle Sound, have dwindled over the years, affecting commercial and recreational fishermen. Among the factors contributing to the decline are the Roanoke River dams, poor egg survival, poor fry survival, and overharvesting of the spawning stock.
Some of the best largemouth bass fishing was found in Currituck Sound into the 1980s. However, various factors, including drought, increased salinity and the disappearance of aquatic vegetation, led to its decline. This is not the first time this has happened, and the fishing is likely to recover as the salt decreases.
Native Americans and early colonists knew winter was ending when American shad arrived in Eastern Carolina rivers. However, this once plentiful fish has all but disappeared from the Roanoke River. Dams for flood control and electricity keep shad from going far up river to spawn. Water pollution could also be a problem with industries and municipalities discharging into the river. Biologists are seeking the solution that will return the shad to the Roanoke River in the twenty-first century.