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Water pollution, habitat alteration, and overfishing have contributed to the decline of one of the country's best striped bass fisheries in the Albemarle Sound and Roanoke River. A project now underway in Aurora may help to reverse that trend. Using N.C. Sea Grant Program and National Coastal Research Institute research, Lee and Harvey Brothers of Aurora became the first persons in the nation to pond-raise hybrid sea bass commercially when they harvested their first crop of 70,000 pounds. The fish is a cross between a striped bass and a white fish. Venters discusses what this success means to the aquaculture industry and to the recovery of the fish in the wild.