- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maryland scientist is working on a study of black sea bass, a fish that has been turning up in New England fishermen’s nets more often in recent years.

Brad Stevens of University of Maryland Eastern Shore plans to help regulators better understand the importance of habitat for black sea bass. The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership is giving Stevens and a student of his more than $200,000 for the work.

Stevens wants to determine the fish’s preference for particular kinds of habitat. He will study how they grow and feed in natural and artificial reefs.

Black sea bass are popular with commercial and recreational fishermen both for food and sport. The commercial catch of the fish more than doubled in New England from 2009 to 2014.

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