Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Special Scientific Report No. 124 V. 1999


This report summarizes data collected by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) monthly trawl survey cruises for January to December 1999. The trawl survey is a long-term, broad scope monitoring program. Its primary goal is to monitor juvenile abundance for marine and estuarine finfish and invertebrates. A major objective is to provide annual indices of juvenile abundance for recreationally, commercially, and ecologically important species of sufficient accuracy and precision for both immediate resource management needs and long-term understanding of environmental influences on fishery resources. A second important product of this effort is the documentation and monitoring of habitat utilization by juveniles and small adults of these species. The program also provides a sound framework for the procurement of biological samples for life history studies and other investigations relevant to fisheries resource management.



Fisheries, Management, Abundance, Virgina



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