Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1986

Abstract

This report summarizes the assessment of commercial fishing effort in Chesapeake Bay and its Virginia tributaries during the period October 1, 1985 through December 31, 1986. Objectives of this study were: 1. to assess pound net fishing effort in Chesapeake Bay, and in the James, York and Rappahannock rivers; and 2. to assess anchor, drift, and stake gill net fishing effort in the James, York and Rappahannock rivers.

Additionally, two months of data for pound nets and anchor, drift, and stake gill nets have been included in order that the cessation of the study period would occur at a natural break in fishing effort in Virginia. Data for fyke net and haul seine fisheries have also been included.

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