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Reproductive health of yellow perch, Perca flavescens, in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries

Fact Sheet 2013-3055

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Abstract

Yellow perch live in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, and estuaries across the central and eastern United States and Canada. In Chesapeake Bay, they tolerate salinities up to one-third that of seawater. The adults reside in the brackish waters of the bay’s tributaries and migrate upstream to spawn. Yellow perch are eagerly sought by recreational fishermen for their excellent taste and, because their late winter spawning runs are the earliest of the year, they are regarded as a harbinger of spring. Yellow perch also support a small but valuable, tightly regulated commercial fishery in the part of Chesapeake Bay that lies in Maryland.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Reproductive health of yellow perch, Perca flavescens, in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2013-3055
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Leetown Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Number of Pages:
2
Country:
United States
State:
Maryl
Other Geospatial:
Chesapeake Bay