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Research Document - 2012/021

Update Status Report on Bay of Fundy Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)

By R.G. Bradford, P. LeBlanc, and P. Bentzen


Bay of Fundy striped bass, is one of the three Designatable Units of striped bass recognized by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The status of the Designatable Units which consists of the Saint John River population in New Brunswick, and the Shubenacadie River and Annapolis Rivers populations in Nova Scotia, is to be assessed by COSEWIC in 2011. Available data indicates that the Shubenacadie River population continues to produce new individuals annually. There is no evidence that striped bass any longer are produced in the Annapolis River. Genetic data indicates the inter-annual presence in the Saint John River of a grouping of striped bass that can not be assigned to a known spawning population. These fish may represent a native Saint John River population.

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