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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Since the moratorium, there have been no monitoring programs that provided direct assessment of stock recovery until this project began in 1998. The ban on in-river fishing in Virginia remained in effect, creating a dilemma for managers who needed reliable information in order to make a rational decision on when the in-river ban could safely be lifted. To address this deficiency, we proposed a method of scientific monitoring to estimate catch rates relative to those recorded before the prohibition of in-river fishing in 1994. This monitoring program began in 1998 and consisted of sampling techniques and locations that were consistent with, and directly comparable to, those that generated historical logbook data collected by VIMS during the period 1980-1992 in the York, James and Rappahannock rivers. The results of the third year in the sampling program (2000) are reported in this document. The results of the first two years of sampling (1998 and 1999) are reported in previous annual reports (Olney and Hoenig 2000a, 2000b) .



American Shad, Alosa sapidissima, James River, York River, Rappahannock River, Virginia, Fisheries


Funding Agencies: US Fish and Wildlife Service and Virginia Marine Resources Commission Virginia Institute of Marine Science Contract Number: F-116-R-3