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Commonly known as striped bass and locally referred to as rockfish, this anadromous or migratory fish spends the majority of its time in salt water returning to brackish estuaries and rivers to spawn each spring.

In the 1980s, rockfish numbers hit an historic low and significant measures were taken to rebuild the stock. As a result, numbers grew to an estimated 50 million as recently as 2007.  Those numbers, however, seem to have taken a step back in the last few years and new measures are currently under consideration.

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