The National Marine Fisheries Service, through the Marine Recreational Information Program, also keeps statistics on the number of striped bass caught. The preliminary numbers for 2009 show a continuing decline that has occurred every year since 2006, with a precipitous drop between 2008 and 2009. In 2006, there were 28.6 million striped bass caught by recreational anglers. For 2009, that number was 6.9 million. In 2007, the drop from the previous year was 33 percent. In 2008, it was 27 percent. In 2009, it was 50 percent.