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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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This report presents the results of striped bass (Marone saxatilis) tagging and monitoring activities in Virginia during the period 1 September 2004 through 31 August 2005. It includes an assessment of the biological characteristics of striped bass taken from the 2005 spring spawning run, estimates of annual survival based on annual spring tagging, and the results of the fall 2004 directed mortality study that is a collaborative effort with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The information contained in this report is required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and is used to implement a coordinated management plan for striped bass in Virginia, and along the eastern seaboard


Sections: I. Assessment of the spawning stocks of striped bass in the Rappahannock and James Rivers, Virginia, spring 2005 -- II. Mortality estimates of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) that spawn in the Rappahannock River, Virginia, spring 2004-2005 -- III. Fishing mortality estimates of the fall 2004 resident striped bass fishery in Chesapeake Bay -- IV. Striped bass spawning stock assessment in the Rappahannock River, Virginia: evaluation of the pound net-based Spawning Stock Biomass Index. V. Comparison of the catches of the Rappahannock River pound nets, and the correlation of the Virginia Spawning Stock Biomass Indexes to the Maryland gill net indexes. VI. Evaluation of the 2000-2004 striped bass by-catch from the American shad staked gill net stock assessment survey in the James and Rappahannock rivers as an alternative index of abundance.



Striped bass -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.); Striped bass fisheries -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.); Striped bass -- Mortality -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)


Contract Number: F-77-R-17 Project Period: 1 September 2004-31 August 2005 Submitted to Virginia Marine Resources Commission.