Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

3-2017

Abstract

Speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is the focus of an important recreational fishery in the southeastern United States. Speckled trout in Virginia has been cited as both a transitional population and as a mostly non-migratory population. The degree of residency is important to understand for the effective management of the species. Management of speckled trout has also been marred by cold-stun events which can kill a significant portion of the stock and have detrimental localized effects. Virginia is the northern extent of speckled trout populations and is the most likely portion of its range to experience cold-stun events. Virginia water temperatures can reach 0 °C during some winters, well below lethal temperatures for speckled trout. The primary objective of this project was to provide managers and recreational fishermen with information regarding speckled trout movements. more...

Description

Final report submitted to Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Marine Recreational Fishing Advisory Board RF 15-16

Keywords

Speckled trout--Virginia

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