Striped Bass Research Team
Welcome to the Striped Bass Research Team website. Here you will find information on our ongoing striped bass projects, useful links, resources, photos, and more! We undertake conservation research aimed to conserve striped bass angling now and for future generations!
This website was built to bring conservation efforts, research, and community together under one umbrella. This cooperative effort allows everyone to share their striped bass experience, help one another, and have a strong voice to conserve this majestic fish!
The SBRT conducts/has conducted research on striped bass in the areas of population dynamics, commercial by-catch assessment, angler participation and practices, and education outreach.
Our goal is to collect information that is currently unknown about striped bass for the betterment of this species. The projects we undertake will lead to writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles. Scientific articles are the best way to disseminate new knowledge about striped bass so that the information can be used by others. As well, we will try to post relevant and interesting scientific information on this website in a more consumable form.
The SBRT is an independent research group and is not associated with Alton Gas, the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute, Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, or any other resource extraction or industrial enterprise. Acadia University hosts our website because the primary investigator, Dr. Trevor Avery, is a faculty member at Acadia. There are other research groups at Acadia that also undertake research on striped bass; some of those groups and their projects are listed on this website for information only. SBRT funding is provided by many sources (see projects), but we are not 'controlled' by funders.
Why Striped Bass?
Striped bass are a highly prized fish in the eyes of anglers, and are, therefore, very desirable for sport fishing. Anglers have been known to travel great distances, spending lots of money on bait, lures, rods, and reels just to get a chance to catch one. Their delicate white meat is extremely yummy, but with the demise of two thirds of the spawning populations in the Bay of Fundy, striped bass require heightened conservation efforts.
Why are Striped Bass important?
Striped bass are an important component of the aquatic ecosystem, and contribute to the biodiversity and health of our marine environment. They are a fish-eating carnivore and are typically found in estuaries and coastal waters, although Canadian striped bass often spend the winter months in rivers. Striped bass can be used as an indicator of river and estuary health because they require high quality habitat and food source for reproduction. It is uncertain how economically important striped bass are, but estimates suggest they have surpassed the salmon sport fishery in Nova Scotia. Recreationally, striped bass are a pleasant passtime for some and an obsession for others. Generations of anglers have fished the estuaries and shores of the Bay of Fundy in search of this prized catch, and striped bass touch many natural, economic, and cultural corners of the Maritimes. Conservation is necessary so our children and their children to enjoy this wonderful fish.
Coming soon: This website will be dedicated to receiving tag numbers from fish that you've caught, and providing you with information about your tagged fish. It'll also have information about fish tagging programs, tagging workshops in your community, and other cool stuff!