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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) adopted the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (hereafter referred to as FMP) for the American eel in November 4 1999. The FMP focuses on increasing coastal states’ efforts to collect American eel data through both fishery dependent and fishery independent studies. Consequently, member jurisdictions (including Virginia) agreed to implement an annual survey for young of year (YOY) American eels. The survey is intended to “…characterize trends in annual recruitment of the young of year eels over time [to produce a] qualitative appraisal of the annual recruitment of American eel to the U.S. Atlantic Coast” (ASMFC, 2000). The development of these surveys began in 2000 with full implementation by 2001. Survey results will provide necessary data on coastal recruitment success and further the understanding of American eel population dynamics.



American Eel, Chesapeake Bay, Anguilla rostrata, Fisheries


Funding was provided by the VMRC MRFAB and CFAB, which ensured compliance with the 1999 ASMFC Interstate American Eel FMP.



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