(AP) A federal agency that examines ocean conditions says two fish species were repopulated to targeted levels last year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday the Southern Atlantic Coast black sea bass and the Sacramento River fall-run Chinook salmon stocks were rebuilt.
The Southern Atlantic Coast black sea bass range from North Carolina to Florida and were declared overfished in 2005. The Sacramento River fall-run Chinook salmon population collapsed in 2008.
The federal agency says the recovery of the two fish species brings the number of rebuilt fish stocks to 34 since 2000.
The agency made the announcement along with a statement that U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of 7 percent from the year before.