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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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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.


Sections: I. Assessment of the spawning stocks of striped bass in the Rappahannock and James rivers, Virginia, spring 2014. II. Mortality estimates of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) that spawn in the Rappahannock River, Virginia, spring 2013-2014. III. The role of Mycobacteriosis in elevated Natural Mortality of Chesapeake Bay striped bass: disease progression and developing better models for stock assessment and management. IV. Length-specific recreational angling selectivity for striped bass caught in the Chesapeake Bay.



Striped bass -- Virginia; Striped bass fisheries -- Virginia


Contract Number: F-77-R-28 Project Period: 1 September 2013 - 31 November 2014 Submitted To: Virginia Marine Resources Commission