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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Special Report in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 343


The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) currently conducts a monthly trawl survey in the three major Virginia rivers and the lower Chesapeake Bay to estimate the abundance of economically important finfish species, particularly at the juvenile stage .. VIM:S has conducted similar trawl surveys in various forms since 1955. Although this represents a 40 year period, variations in sampling design and gear have confounded efforts to produce a meaningful, continuous time series. Such variations include changes in stations occupied, sampling frequency, _vessels, and trawl gears. Much of the trawl survey sampling has been documented (Wojcik and Van Engel 1988a, 1988b, 1988c, 1988d, 1989), although some changes have not.


Fishing gear, Boats, Trawling, Fishes

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This study was supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Virginia Marine Resources Commision through the Sportfish Restoration Program, Project F104R