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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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To document continued compliance with Federal law, the Anadromous Fishes Program of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has monitored the size and age composition, sex ratio and maturity schedules of the spawning striped bass stock in the Rappahannock River since December 1981 utilizing commercial pound nets and, since 1991, variable-mesh experimental gill nets. Spawning stock assessment was expanded to include the James River in 1994 utilizing 11 commercial fyke nets and variable-mesh experimental gill nets. The use of fyke nets was discontinued after 1997. In conjunction with the monitoring studies, tagging programs have been conducted in the James and Rappahannock rivers since 1987 . These studies were established to document the migration and relative contribution of these Chesapeake Bay stocks to the coastal population and to provide a means to estimate inter-year survival rates (S). With the reestablishment of fall recreational fisheries in 1993, the tagging studies were expanded to include the York River and western Chesapeake Bay to provide a direct estimation of the resultant fishing mortality (F).

This document reports the results of our tagging and monitoring activities during the period 1 September 1999 through 31 October 2000. It includes an assessment of the biological characteristics of striped bass taken from the 2000 spring spawning run, estimates of annual survival based on annual spring tagging, and the results of the fall 1999 directed mortality study that is cooperative 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 2000 II. Mortality estimates of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) that spawn in the Rappahannock River, Virginia III. Estimate of the 1999 striped bass rate of fishing mortality in Chesapeake Bay



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


Contract no. F-77-R-13. Submitted to Virginia Marine Resources Commission.



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