The next question is, why was the spawning success so low when there should have been enough spawning fish to produce at least an above-average amount of juveniles? The Maryland Department of Natural Resources points a finger at the weather conditions last spring. It seems that it was too dry in the upper reaches of the Bay with near-record-low flows. This also impacts the temperature of the water, which in our opinion is one of the critical components of larval survival. It should also be noted that environmental conditions on the spawning grounds were blamed for the downturn in the species in the late 1970s. Back then, it was too much rain that washed a high level of contaminants into the Bay that impacted the survival of the larval fish. Tongue-in-cheek, one might say we have the Goldilocks syndrome. Not too wet and not too dry, the fish need it just right. Well, truth be known, the environmental conditions are what determine the success or failure of spawning. The climatic aspects are the ones that we have not yet learned to control, but they are certainly as important as the condition of the SSB.