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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 August 2003 through 31 August 2004. It includes an assessment of the biological characteristics of striped bass taken from the 2004 spring spawning run, estimates of annual survival based on annual spring tagging, and the results of the fall 2003 directed mortality study that is a collaborative effort with the Maryland Department ofNatural 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 2004 -- II. Mortality estimates of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) that spawn in the Rappahannock River, Virginia, spring 2003-2004 -- III. Fishing mortality estimates of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay : a report to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Striped Bass Technical Committee IV. Estimation of mortality rates for Atlantic striped bass - a blueprint for action V. Fishing mortality estimates of the fall 2003 resident striped bass fishery in the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia



Contract Number: F-77-R-17 Project Period: 1 September 2003 - 31 September 2004 Submitted to Virginia Marine Resources Commission