Striper stocks have been through up and down cycles. In the early 1980s, stock assessments estimated that the spawning stock biomass was less than 5 million pounds, and spawning success was at low levels. With angler angst running high, the government passed the Striped Bass Conservation Act in 1984, and strict management regimes were put in place, resulting in steady improvement that peaked in 2004 with the SSB well over 170 million pounds. Today there are new worries that stocks are on a downward trajectory. The SSB has been on a slow decline since 2005 to an estimated 127 million pounds in 2017. Recruitment had its typical ups and downs, with robust years in 2012 and 2014. Spawning success in the Chesapeake has been at or above the 50-year mean three of the last four years, with 2015 the fourth-highest ever recorded.