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 on striped bass and other at-risk fish species (e.g. skates, American eel, and gaspereau).
This website was built to bring conservation efforts, research, and community together. 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. We contribute information to help conservation efforts.
We will meet our goal by developing methods to better monitor striped bass populations and determine population health. Tagging striped bass (and other at-risk fishes) and collecting fish sizes and tissue samples (scales) are our main methods for collecting information on habitat use, movement patterns, growth, and to calculate parameters useful for population dynamics modeling. The last bit is a mouthful! Basically, both information on fish caught and tag returns from our tagging program provide a LOT of useful information!
We also conduct surveys on different groups that interact with striped bass. Surveys (or questionnaires) are a series of questions that help to uncover the practices and perceptions of groups (e.g. recreational anglers, commercial fishers, First Nations) as they interact with striped bass in their respective activities.
Our Projects and Outcomes
Our projects are undertaken by research students at Acadia in collaboration with local NGOs, community fishers, government organizations, and other academics. The projects we undertake will lead to publications in peer-reviewed scientific articles, but we also try to contribute the collective knowledge on striped bass back to our community. Scientific articles are the best way to disseminate new knowledge about striped bass so that the information can be used by others. We will try to post relevant and interesting scientific information on this website in a user-friendly form.
The SBRT is an independent research group. 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 pleasant pastime 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. 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. Conservation is necessary so our children and their children to enjoy this wonderful fish.
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 feed on invertebrates and bait fish and are typically found in estuaries and coastal waters, although a proportion of Canadian striped bass often spend the winter months in rivers or lakes. Striped bass can be used as an indicator of ecosystem health because they require high-quality habitats and food sources for succcessful reproduction. It is uncertain how economically important striped bass are, but estimates suggest they have surpassed the salmon sport fishery in Nova Scotia.