Virginia Institute of Marine Science
This report describes the results of the twenty-second year of a continuing study to estimate the relative abundance and assess the status of American shad (Alosa sapidissima) stocks in Virginia by monitoring the spawning runs in the James, York and Rappahannock rivers in spring 2019, evaluating hatchery programs, and contributing to coast-wide assessments (ASMFC 2007). We also report on two fishery-independent monitoring programs using anchor gillnets in the Rappahannock River (year 2) and the Chickahominy River (year 5; a major tributary of the James River), to determine relative abundance and stock structure for the adult spawning run of river herring (A. pseudoharengus, and A. aestivalis). Further, we report on the fourth year of a monitoring program for juvenile alosines by using nighttime surface trawls in the Chickahominy River and calculate an index of juvenile abundance. Additional objectives were to monitor bycatch of American shad in a permitted gill-net fishery and American shad and river herring in pound-net fisheries.
shad, shad fisheries, alewife, blueback herring, Virginia
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Contract no. F-116-R-22. Project period: 15 February 2019 - 14 November 2019.
Hilton, E. J., Latour, R., McGrath, P. E., Watkins, B., & Magee, A. (2020) Monitoring the Abundance of American Shad and River Herring in Virginia's Rivers - 2019 Annual Report. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/6rmm-9364