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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), through funding by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), has conducted an assessment of commercial fishing effort in Virginia's major rivers and Chesapeake Bay beginning in late 1985 to the present, except for brief intervals when funding was unavailable.

This report primarily summarizes the final year of assessment, from 1 October 1989 through 30 September 1990. Objectives of the study were: -1) to assess pound net fishing effort in Chesapeake Bay, in the James, York, Rappahannock, and Potomac rivers, and the Virginia tributaries to the Potomac River; and, 2) to assess stake, anchor and drift gill net fishing effort in the three major Virginia river systems. In the course of our data collection for the James, York and Rappahannock rivers, we have also obtained incidental effort data for these rivers and other areas in the Bay. Fyke net, haul seine and gill net fisheries data are included in this report.