Striped Bass with a SBRT dart tag in the dorsal fin - Carter 2016

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 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 successful reproduction. It is uncertain how economically important Striped Bass are, but estimates suggest they have surpassed the salmon sport fishery in Nova Scotia.