Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The Trawl Survey provides crucial data to state, regional, and national fisheries management agencies, including the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the Mid‐Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The MAFMC recognizes the juvenile trawl survey as one of the key predictors of Summer Flounder recruitment. Annual indices of juvenile abundance have been generated from trawl survey data for species of key recreational, ecological, and commercial importance in the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay. These include Spot, Atlantic Croaker, Weakfish, Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass, Scup, Striped Bass, White Perch, White Catfish, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Silver Perch, American Eel, and Bay Anchovy.
trawl survey, fish populations, fish stock assessment, fishery resources
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Virginia Marine Resources Commission Project Number: F‐104‐R‐20
Tuckey, T.D., Fabrizio, M.C. 2016. Estimating relative juvenile abundance of ecologically important finfish in the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay (1 June 2015 - 31 May 2016) : 2016 Annual Report. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. http://doi.org/10.21220/V5W30G