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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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This report presents the results of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) tagging and monitoring activities in Virginia during the period 1 September 2016 through 31 August 2017. It includes an assessment of the biological characteristics of striped bass taken from the 2017 spring spawning run and estimates of annual survival and fishing mortality based on annual spring tagging. Also included is an investigation on the potential use of close-kin analyses to determine the size of the spawning stock in the Rappahannock River and an evaluation of mortality rates associated with the bacterial dermal disease mycobacteriosis in relation to water temperatures and dissolved oxygen. The information contained in this report is required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and is used to implement a coordinated management plan for striped bass in Virginia, and along the eastern seaboard.


Sections: I. Assessment of the spawning stocks of striped bass in the Rappahannock and James rivers, Virginia, spring 2017. II. Mortality estimates of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) that spawn in the Rappahannock River, Virginia, spring 2016-2017. III. The feasibility of close kinship analysis as a new methodology for estimation of spawning population size of striped bass in the Rappahannock River.



Striped bass -- Virginia; Striped bass fisheries -- Virginia


Contract Number: F-77-R-30. Submitted to Virginia Marine Resources Commission