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  • Atlantic striped bass are native to the East Coast from Canada to Florida’s St. Johns River, pictured here. The southernmost populations typically do not migrate. © Doug Shaw/TNC
  • Biologists calculate that 70-90 percent of the Atlantic stock spawns in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, including Maryland’s Nanjemoy Creek. © Alan Eckert Photography
  • The removal of Edwards Dam in 1999 reopened 17 miles of Maine’s Kennebec River for stripers and other migratory fish to spawn. © tedkerwin/Flickr
  • On Martha’s Vineyard, the month-long Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby has been a tradition since 1946. © nilsrinaldi/Flickr
  • Long Island forms a natural corral for baitfish moving south, making Montauk at its tip a magnet for hungry stripers and for surf casters. © timhettler/Flickr
  • Southbound stripers also linger in New York Harbor, where Lady Liberty overlooks the rips that create one of the fish’s favorite feeding grounds. © j_bary/Flickr
  • Migratory stripers winter off southeastern Virginia and North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the end of a yearly journey that can span more than 2,000 miles. © Daniel White/TNC
  • Habitat restoration such as this oyster project in Virginia’s Piankatank River attracts foraging rockfish and anglers. © Hal Brindley
  • With thoughtful management and strategic conservation, many future generations will enjoy the fight and flavor of our iconic Chesapeake rockfish. © Daniel White/TNC
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