As Fish Population Declines, Virginia Lets Striped Bass Off The Hook – The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Fishing season for large rockfish — also known as striped bass — has been canceled in Virginia this year due to concern for the fish’s declining population. Striped bass have been overfished since 2010, according to experts at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

So, how can rockfish make a comeback? And what are neighboring Maryland and D.C. doing to prevent overfishing?

We’ll discuss the effectiveness of a ban on recreational catching and ask what else might be behind decreasing fish populations.

Produced by Julie Depenbrock


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