Exactly! Why target only striped bass?
Posted by David Dempsey on 2011-11-02 14:37:46
in reply to Why target only striped bass? posted by Ralph on 2011-11-02 10:34:09
|(from another response re Moyle and Bennet)|
5. There is a tendency to conflate all predation losses of salmon with striped bass and/or to dismiss the effects of other predators as being insignificant (e.g. Hansen 2009). In fact, there are a multitude of other predators on juvenile salmon in the system, from birds (e.g., mergansers,
cormorants, terns) to other fish, native and non-native, including juvenile steelhead. The most abundant fish predator in the Delta today is probably largemouth bass, as the result of changes in hydrodynamics related to the ever-increasing export of water (Moyle and Bennett 2008). If a control program for striped bass can be justified, then it is likely one should also be instituted for
largemouth bass, as well as for spotted bass, channel catfish, and other non-native predatory fish
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