Virginia Hooks All-Important State Fish

Striped bass to represent Virginia

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Virginia Hooks All-Important State Fish

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Forget crucial budget decisions and transportation issues.  Virginia lawmakers have bigger fish to fry.

With that said, you can rest easy, Virginians. You finally have an official saltwater fish.

It’s about time!

Meet your marine mascot: the striped bass (also known as the Chesapeake Bay rockfish). Virginia’s House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to bestow the distinction upon the beloved -- and tasty -- fish.

The vote was not without controversy, however. Delegate Jackson Miller came just two votes shy of amending the bill to make the menhaden the official fish.

As the a-fish-ionados out there know, the striped bass is already the state fish of Maryland.

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