Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, Purse Seine Fishery, 1972-84, with a brief discussion of age and size composition of the Landings

Smith, Joseph W. and Nicholson, William R. and Vaughan, Douglas S. and Dudley, Donnie L. and Hall, Ethel A. (1987) Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, Purse Seine Fishery, 1972-84, with a brief discussion of age and size composition of the Landings. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 59)

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Abstract

This report summarizes (I) annual purse seine landings of Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, for 1972-84, (2) estimated numbers of fish caught by fishing area. (3) estimates of nominal fishing effort and catch-per-unit-effort, (4) mean fish length and weight, and (5) major changes in the fishery. During the 1970s stock size and recruitment increased and the age composition broadened. reversing trends witnessed during the fishery's decline in the 1960s. Landings steadily improved and by 1980 the total coast wide landings exceeded 400,000 metric tons. Nevertheless, the character of the fishery changed considerably. Eleven reduction plants processed fish at seven ports in 1972, but in 1984 only eight plants operated at live ports. Beginning in the mid-1960s the center of fishing aclivity shifted from the Middle Atlantic area to the Chesapeake Bay area, which has continued to dominate the fishery in landings and effort through the 1970s and 1980s. During this period the average size and age of fish in the catches declined. (PDF file contains 30 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, Purse Seine Fishery, 1972-84, with a brief discussion of age and size composition of the Landings
Personal Creator/Author:
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Smith, Joseph W.
Nicholson, William R.
Vaughan, Douglas S.
Dudley, Donnie L.
Hall, Ethel A.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 59
Date: 1987
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2763
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2009 11:48
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:26
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2763

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