October 2017 • Volume 16, Number 2
Striped bass. Photograph, Jay Fleming
Jay Fleming
Striped bass and blue crab. Photograph, Jay Fleming
Jay Fleming
The big fish eat the little fish, the proverb says, and scientists have been examining how this ancient story plays out in the Chesapeake Bay. For more than 15 years, a research project called ChesMMAP has caught striped bass and other key predators important to recreational and commercial fishers. By studying what the predators eat, researchers developed new findings that could help fisheries managers make decisions that will help sustain populations of these predators into the future.   more . . .
Small and oily, menhaden have been called the most important fish in the sea because of their value to striped bass and other predators and to commercial fishers who process menhaden to make various products. Researchers are learning more about a significant factor that influences the menhaden population in the Atlantic Ocean: how many die each year from predation and other natural causes.   more . . .
Robert Aguilar. Photograph, Nicky Lehming
Analyzing what fish eat can be challenging when scientists must identify stomach contents that are partially digested. Like detectives as a crime scene, researchers are using DNA tools and a genetic library to positively identify species eaten by Chesapeake Bay predators such as blue catfish, a voracious eater.   more . . 
Kelsey Brooks, a new Maryland Sea Grant Extension specialist, is helping communities in Northern Maryland to improve water quality.   more . . .
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