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Fishermen who fish the Roanoke River and Albemarle Sound are overjoyed to see the return of the stripers that had been in decline in recent years. However, their glee is tempered by the necessity of stabilizing and maintaining the Roanoke fishery.
In the last ten years, Atlantic Coast striped bass has been declining rapidly while the pressure from the commercial fishing industry has increased. North Carolina Sea Grant projects are attempting to replenish stocks with hybrids of striped bass.
With the success of the $3.5 million farm-raised striped bass industry, collaborative researchers at East Carolina University are turning their focus to southern flounder.
The natural population of striped bass in North Carolina is at an all-time low. Stocking efforts of the Weldon fish hatchery, located near the Roanoke River, keep striped bass from vanishing from our lakes and sounds.
Federal cases were made against individuals in North Carolina for the illegal transportation and sale of striped bass. They were charged under the Federal Lacey Act with various felonies and misdemeanors.
Striped bass are fished both commercially and as game species. Overfishing has become a problem for them, however, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has a hatchery for them in an effort to reestablish their numbers in rivers and streams.