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
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Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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