Evaluation of Striped Bass Stocks in Virginia: Monitoring and Tagging Studies, 2010-2014 : Progress Report 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014

Philip W. Sadler, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Mathew W. Smith, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
John M. Hoenig, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Robert E. Harris, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Lydia M. Goins, Virginia Institute of Marine Science


This report presents the results of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) tagging and monitoring activities in Virginia during the period 1 September 2013 through 31 August 2014. It includes an assessment of the biological characteristics of striped bass taken from the 2014 spring spawning run, estimates of annual survival and fishing mortality based on annual spring tagging, and the results of the study that documents the prevalence of mycobacterial infections of striped bass in Chesapeake Bay. Also included is information on gear selectivity of recreational anglers for striped bass and on impacts of dermal mycobacteriosis on striped bass. 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.