Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1972

Series

Manuscript.

Abstract

An aerial survey of pound nets was conducted in the lower Chesapeake Bay and Virginia rivers from 1959 through 1972. The Potomac River was included from 1965 through 1972. Surveys were conducted monthly, excluding January, during this period.

The pound net is one of the most important fishing gears operated in Virginia waters. A brief description of the net is given. The number of pound nets in the fishery fluctuated from 1959 to 1966, but has been steadily declining since 1966. The term "active pound net" refers to a stand that has net hanging, and actively fishing at the time of count. Active pound nets are most abundant during spring.

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