Stripers Forever has announced an outreach initiative to raise money for research on mycobacteriosis, a deadly fish disease that is increasingly prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay where the bulk of stripers that migrate up and down the Atlantic Coast are spawned.
Mycobacteriosis is believed to be nearly always fatal to infected striped bass and can create serious health problems for anglers and anyone else handling those fish before they are cooked. Fishery scientists estimate that more than 75 percent of all striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay system are infected with mycobacteriosis.
There is no known cure for this insidious disease which represents a major threat to the well-being of stripers and thus the future of recreational and commercial striped bass fishing from Maine to North Carolina.
The fund raising appeal being administered by Stripers Forever is called The Mycobacteriosis Research Initiative (MRI).
Donations to MRI will benefit the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), the leading authority on mycobacteriosis. Checks should be made payable to "VIMS Foundation" (write "For Myco Research" on the memo line) and mailed to VIMS Foundation, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8779.