Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

8-1-1979

Series

Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 216

Abstract

The purpose of this report is to: (1) suggest reasons for the recently observed cownose ray predation on Rappahannock River oyster beds and the apparent increased abundance of the ray, and (2) recommend short- and long-term methods to control and/or manage cownose ray predation on commercially important sh1ellfish beds.

Keywords

Oysters, Virginia, Predation, Management

Funding

This project was supported by funds made available through the National Sea Grant Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U. S. Department of Commerce; and the Fisheries Science and Services Division, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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