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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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This report summarizes the assessment of commercial fishing effort in Chesapeake Bay and its Virginia tributaries during the period January 1, 1987 through December 31, 1987. 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.

The study period covered the calendar year which represents a natural break in fishing effort in Virginia. Data for fyke net and haul seine fisheries, when available, have also been included.