Why Is The Yellow Perch In Decline?

Each year, in early March, the colorful Yellow Perch return to spawn in the Severn River headwaters like Bear Branch and Severn Run.

However, they fail to produce mature offspring, possibly due to disruption in their reproductive system and habitat caused by poor water quality.

They clearly are trying to survive.

SRA has been tracking the Yellow Perch laying their eggs sacks for the past three years. Click here to read about their latest expedition.

Their egg sacks are easy to spot in the shallows of our headwater creeks like Severn Run and Bear Branch (see picture at right).YP eggs

But why are spawning adults compromised?

Find out during the next John Wright Speaker Series sponsored by the Severn River Association (SRA) on Tuesday, June 18, at Union Jack’s of Annapolis.

The meeting starts at 7 pm.

Our guest speakers will be Alex MacLeod, a PhD student from the University of Maryland and Margaret McGinty with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Alex will discuss his research investigating mature fish using genetics, hormones and tissue changes to study the Yellow Perch in the Severn River.

Margaret will discuss the history of land use in the Severn River watershed and its affect on aquatic habitat and water quality.

What:   Why Is The Yellow Perch In Decline?
When:  Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Union Jack’s of Annapolis, 2072 Somerville Rd.,
Annapolis, MD 21401.