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Striped Bass Face Pollution, Overfishing
Each year usually starting in April, large schools of striped bass make their way north along the coast. Most make a journey of 500 miles or more from Chesapeake Bay.
The Roanoke River has critically important breeding, and juvenile rearing habitat for striped bass. From late March to the beginning of April, striped bass begin to arrive at the lower Roanoke River to spawn.
The basin contains 9,580 square miles, and over 400 miles of that being river from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia to the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina, according to Stripers 247.
This river system is considered to have good water quality, all though urban and agricultural runoff are increasing problems to the drainage, according to Stripers 247.
The striped bass fishing season in the Roanoke River basin opened this year March 1 and ends April 30. The daily creel limit on the Roanoke is two fish per angler, with a minimum length limit of 18 inches. No striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at anytime.
Fishermen are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30.
The Cape Fear River is another story all together.
Bass in this drainage have been tested to include very high limits of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS. This material has been referred to as forever chemicals, and does not go away, or break down in the environment.
Read the rest of the story at Coastal Review Online here: https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/04/s ... erfishing/
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