The Bait Purse-seine Fishery for Atlantic Menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, in the Virginia Portion of Chesapeake Bay

Smith, Joseph W. and O'Bier, Bradley (2011) The Bait Purse-seine Fishery for Atlantic Menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, in the Virginia Portion of Chesapeake Bay. Marine Fisheries Review, 73(1), pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

Through the mid 1990’s, the bait purse-seine fishery for Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, in the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay was essentially undocumented. Beginning in 1995, captains of Virginia bait vessels maintained deck logs of their daily fishing activities; concurrently, we sampled the bait landings for size and age composition of the catch. Herein, we summarize 15 years (1995–2009) of data from the deck logbooks, including information on total bait landings by purse seine, proportion of fishing to nonfishing days, proportion of purse-seine sets assisted by spotter pilots, nominal fishing effort, median catches, and temporal and areal trends in catch. Age and size composition of the catch are described, as well as vessel and gear characteristics and disposition of the catch.

Item Type: Article
Title: The Bait Purse-seine Fishery for Atlantic Menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, in the Virginia Portion of Chesapeake Bay
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Smith, Joseph W.
O'Bier, Bradley
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 73
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-12
Date: 2011
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9665
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 16:30
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 16:30
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9665

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