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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Services (MAS)

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The basic objective of the study was to identify a core population of recreational fishermen owning private boats and fishing one or more Virginia artificial reef sites (Fig. 1) with some degree of regularity (making a minim4m of two to three reef trips per season). This developing and expanding population of fishing boat comers was to be sampled randomly, by either telephone or fishing log books, to determine fishing effort and catch rates characterizing trips made to specific reef sites during the 1987 fishing season. Examination of the resulting data would provide a basis for determining whether all, or only a limited number of reef sites, could be successfully monitored during the study's second year. Based upon results of the first year's project, the study's methodology would be retained and/or modified during the second year to collect additional data on fishing success rates at various reef sites. A


For the Period: September 1, 1986 - August 31, 1987 (Work Period Extended to December 31, 1987) Project Completion Report Wallop-Breaux Project No. F-63-R Submitted to: Virginia Marine Resources Commission



Fishing--Virginia--Fishing effort.