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Striped Bass

 

 

The Panama City Field Office is working in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to restore native gulf striped bass in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Dam construction, loss of habitat and poor water quality are some of the causes for the decline of this sport fish, as biologists have discovered that striped bass have difficulty reproducing in the river system.

The Panama City Field Office marks and tracks these fish to measure population movement, fish growth and the effectiveness of the project and also serves as the lead for the ACF striped bass technical committee, which meets annually to discuss implementation status and is a member of the GSMFC Anadromous Fish subcommittee.

Gulf of Mexico striped bass restoration activities are guided by the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River System Restoration and Evaluation Plan, a part of the ACF Cooperative Agreement, which is part of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission Gulf Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. As part of this partnership restoration effort, the Panama City Field Office coordinates many activities. This includes an annual meeting with the cooperating agencies in order to report progress and to discuss stocking goals and future directions,stocking strategies and implementation of the stocking plan and transportation of broodstock collected by state resource agencies in Florida and Georgia.

 

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Last updated: June 18, 2014