Maryland’s struggling rockfish appear to be making a comeback, state fisheries scientists say.
The state’s Department of Natural Resources released a survey Tuesday that showed rockfish — also known as striped bass — spawning at their fourth-highest level of the last 58 years.
The report is a blessing for Maryland’s state fish, which suffered a population collapse in the 1980s and, more recently, was struck by a wasting disease that infected nearly three-quarters of the Chesapeake Bay’s rockfish.
Officials attribute the turnaround in part to a five-year fishing moratorium that they say has helped increase the spawn sizes. The moratorium was lifted in 1990