Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 35, Issue 1–2, pp 49–62 | Cite as

Status of some finfish stocks in the Chesapeake Bay

  • Harley J. Speir


The Chesapeake Bay is one of the largest and most productive estuaries in the United States. The fish and shellfish harvest in 1979 totaled 284.5 × 106 kg. Although historical measures of stock size are less than optimum, commercial landings and indices of reproductive success indicate declines in several species of anadromous and semi-anadromous finfish. Causes for the declines may be due to point and non-point sources of water pollution, acid deposition or overfishing. The EPA Chesapeake Bay Study identified a number of major environmental problems in the Bay but the exact linkages between environmental problems and fish stocks have not been made.


United States Water Pollution Reproductive Success Environmental Problem Fish Stock 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harley J. Speir
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  1. 1.Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesFisheries DivisionMDUSA

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