Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

11-1-1979

Series

Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 233

Abstract

The magnitude and valtte of the fisheries of Virginia are significant. Expansion of some fisheries since 1977 in conjunctio~ with rising prices for fishery products in general has increased the importance of this industry to the Commonwealth. Virginia's fisheries are varied, some segments of the industry such as the oyster fishery have been in existence since colonial days; others, such as the surf clam fishery, are relatively new. The size and composition of the different industries also differ widely. The menhaden fishery exempli~ies what might be termed corporate fishing while the blue crab fishery is conducted by numerous individual owner-operators. To best analyze Virginia's multifaceted fishing industry, it has been divided into three subdivisions: the Chesapeake Bay fisheries, excluding menhaden, the offshore fishing industry and the menhaden fishery.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.21220/V5B163

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