Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans says striped bass decline in Gulf of St. Lawrence needs further study

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says there needs to be more study on a declining striped bass population in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The spawning population of striped bass is down to about 333,000 in 2018 from 994,000 the year before.

Though striped bass have proven to be well-adapted to warmer temperatures, DFO's regional director general for the Gulf region, Serge Doucet, says a warming climate that led to unprecedented fishing closures last year can't be ignored.

Doucet a thicker-than-usual ice cover and more fish migrating to Newfoundland and Labrador may be to blame for the decline.

(with files from the Miramichi Leader)