Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Sportfish Restoration Project F104R1
A recent analysis of the Virginia portion of the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (VMRC 1985) showed that Virginia marine recreational catches were dominated by six species (spot, croaker, weakfish, black sea bass, summer flounder, and bluefish) which constituted over 85% of the total estimated catch by both numbers caught and weight landed. All of these species except bluefish heavily utilize the lower Chesapeake Bay as a nursery area for early juveniles which are highly vulnerable to bottom trawls.
Fisheries, Management, Abundance, Virgina
Colvocoresses, J. A., & Geer, P. J. (1991) Estimation of Relative Abundance of Recreationally Important Finfish in the Virginia Portion of Chesapeake Bay: Annual Progress Report 1990-1991. Sportfish Restoration Project F104R1. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/y8h9-q975