Stripers In Peril: Nearly 75 percent of Chesapeake Bay rockfish are infected with wasting disease

Few events have charged inshore saltwater sportfishing like the recent comeback of striped bass. But now, an epidemic of mycobacteriosis--known as wasting disease--is threatening Chesapeake Bay stripers and taking researchers by surprise. "We used to think that if you got hold of fishing [regulations], all your problems would be solved," Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist James Uphoff told the Associated Press. "But now all these ecological problems crop up, and we don't understand them."