Maryland watermen say that the striped brass have been feeding on crabs leading to their low numbers.
And, now they are circulating a picture on the Internet that shows a striped bass cut open with around 20 small crabs inside.
Waterman Larry Powley on Hooper’s Island told WBOC that his happens all of the time.
He said with the underwater grasses disappearing from the bay the crab sit on the bottom an easy target for the fish.
Not as many crabs are showing up this year on the boats of watermen in the Chesapeake Bay this year.
Jack Brooks, a co-owner at J.M. Clayton Company in Cambridge told WBOC that he believes Hurricane Sandy which killed a large number of crabs last October may be one reason for the decline.
Other reasons he said include an overabundance of striped bass and other fish that are feeding on small crabs.
He said the protected fish like striped bass need to be fished more to even out the ecosystem.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding two hearings in Delaware on proposed management plans for Atlantic striped bass and black drum.
The striped bass hearing will be held Thursday night, followed by the black drum hearing next Tuesday.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chesapeake Bay scientists say underwater grasses declined more than 20 percent last year, a blow to many fish and other species that need the grass to live or breed.
Heavy rains and snow melt that sent tons of mud and debris into the bay and extreme summer heat are being blamed for the loss of the key habitat.