These fish spawn in Chesapeake Bay tributaries but spend most of their life at sea. They are a major food source for predators like striped bass, blue fish, ospreys, and dolphins. As they migrate up and down the Atlantic coast, these fish are frequently caught up in fishing nets intended for other species.
Today, their populations are at historic lows and fisheries in all Atlantic states are in danger of being closed down by 2013. Please take a moment to sign this petition with the Marine Fish Conservation Network to protect these fish in our oceans so they may continue to support both recreational and commercial fisheries and the wildlife that depend on them.
Photo from the Marine Fish Conservation Network