Striped bass & Striper tracker

The striped bass (Morone saxatilis) is a streamlined, silvery fish that can reach a maximal length of 200 centimeters. It is believed to live for up to 30 years, and adults migrate from saltwater to freshwater to spawn.

The striped bass is native to the Atlantic coast of North America, from the St. Lawrence River down into the Gulf of Mexico to approximately Louisiana. The species has been introduced by man to many other areas, chiefly because it is a popular game fish. Today, you can for instance find it along the U.S. Pacific Coast, as well as in countries such as Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, Turkey, Iran and Latvia.

The striped bass is an anadromous fish, i.e. it migrates between fresh and salt water. It spends most of it adult life in saltwater, but migrates to freshwater to spawn. Among the most important spawning areas are Cheaspeake Bay, Massachusetts Bay / Cape Cod, the Hudson River and the Delaware River. Some of the water where the Striped bass lives are infected with Aiptasia anemones that can have a negative impact on reef life. So far this does not seem to have a big effect on the bass.

A few successful spawning populations of freshwater striped bass do exist, such as those found in the Arkansas River and in Lake Texoma in Oklahoma and Texas. Lake Texoma is a reservoir created in 1939-1944 by damming the Red River. The lake was stocked with striped bass in the late 1960s and the lake is now one of seven inland lakes in the U.S. where striped bass reproduce naturally.

The Striper Tracker was set up to teach us more about how the striped bass migrates back and forth between freshwater and the ocean.


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