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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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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 reefs or other popular wreck fishing sites (Figure land Table l) with some degree of regularity (making a minimum of two or three reef trips per season). This population of fishing boat owners would be sampled randomly, by either telephone or fishing log books, to determine fishing effort and catch rates characterizing trips made to specific reef and other popular wreck fishing sites during the 1987 fishing season. Examination of the resulting data would determine whether fishing activity on all, or a limited number of reef and wreck fishing sites, would be sampled during the study's second year. The sample population of reef and wreck fishermen would also be expanded in year two of the study.