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COMMERCIAL FISHERIES NEWSLETTER JULY 1997

COMMERCIAL FISHERIES NEWSLETTER

NOTE: This newsletter may contain outdated material. Please review the Regulation Index and the What's New pages to obtain the most recent versions of the Regulation information.

VMRC Fisheries News

JULY 1997

PLANS & STATISTICS

1-800-937-9247

ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWSLETTER IS SUMMARY INFORMATION. PLEASE REFER TO THE REGULATION CITED FOR LEGAL DOCUMENTATION.

CRAB DREDGE

 A letter was sent out to all crab dredge permittee's that have not sent their reports into the office for the 96/97 crab dredge season. If you did not work in the 96/97 season, you are not eligible to work in the upcoming season. If you crab dredged during the 96/97 season, and have not sent your reports into VMRC, you are very late and you need to get the reports into the office as soon as possible. Forms were sent out to provide you with a vehicle to explain why you did not work during the crab dredge season. Those forms need to be filled out and returned ATTN: Stephanie Iverson; PO Box 756; Newport News, VA 23607; by October 1, 1997. Please be aware of the deadline.  

ANNUAL COMMERCIAL FISHERIES LANDINGS IN VA WATERS

 Enclosed in this issue of the newsletter is an annual report for Virginia landings covering 1995 and 1996. Overall landings for finfish and shellfish are up between the two years. Virginia total landings for finfish and shellfish totaled 83,404,240 pounds compared to 80,769,979 pounds for 1995. This represents an increase of approximately 3 million pounds.

Total finfish landings in Virginia for 1996 totaled 41,238,345 pounds and had a dockside value of $16, 445, 364. Virginia's 1995 landings were 38,799,255 pounds and a dockside value of $14,260,205. Virginia's 1996 commercial landings for shellfish totaled 42,165,895 pounds and had a dockside value of $53,055,695. Virginia's 1995 commercial landings for shellfish totaled 41,970,724 pounds and had a dockside value of $59,676,106.

  Landings are up but, shellfish in 1996 saw a slight decrease in dockside value of $6,620,411. Price per pound is the major factor in the decrease. On average, watermen were getting higher prices in 1995 than they received in 1996. Major shellfish landings (i.e. blue crab) increased by approximately 200,000 pounds from 1995 to 1996.

 Oyster landings are down by 66% from 1995 to 1996. In 1995 total landings were 401,889 pounds compared to 136,408 pounds in 1996. Oyster regulations play a factor in the decrease in landings.  

HIGHLIGHTED SPECIES

"SPOT"

 Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus) is also known as Lafayette, Cape May goody, goody, and Norfolk spot. Its body is rather deep, compressed, back strongly elevated in adults, head moderate; snout blunt; color bluish-gray with golden reflections above; silvery underneath; a large yellowish black shoulder spot present, except in very young; fins mostly pale yellow.

 Spot feed on small and minute crustaceans and worms, together with smaller amounts of small mollusk, fish, and vegetable debris. Spot is one of the most important fish foods found in the Chesapeake Bay next to the croaker. Spot is a very important recreational species with larger historic recreational landing than commercial landings. It is a schooling fish and a member of the drum family, but only the males are capable of a faint drumming sound similar to that of the Atlantic croaker.

 The species ranges from Massachusetts to Mexico, but its greatest abundance on the Atlantic coast is from Chesapeake Bay to the Carolinas. Spot can be found in the Bay from late March to November. They are most plentiful during September and October. Spot are most commonly caught in gill net, haul seine, and pound nets. (See table 1.) The only regulations that impact the spot fishery are no trawling in VA waters and minimum mesh sizes associated with major commercial gear types. Currently there are no regulations that require size limits or possession limits on spot in Virginia.

 The spot stock appears healthy. Commercial landings for spot exhibit year-to-year fluctuations with no apparent long-term trend. In the early 90's the landings increased, peaking in '94, and have decreased since that time. (See table 2.)

 Spot become sexually mature by the end of their second year or beginning of their third year. In 1996 VMRC stock assessment program collected biological information on a total of 13,234 spot. Total length ranged between 6" and 13". The average spot length was between 8" and 9", and the total average weight was 0.42 pounds.

 Spot is one of our most valuable and plentiful species in the Bay. It is a species that is still available to all commercial and recreational fishermen. Happy spot fishing!!!  

GEAR

POUNDS

HAND LINE

445

HAUL SEINE

339417

ANCHOR GN

1732490

STAKE GN

99709

DRIFT GN

517055

PN CRAB

11

PN FISH

292652

FISH POT

7

CRAB POT

2530

FYKE NET

2

(table 1.)

 YR

POUNDS

92

2497622

93

3346434

94

4269420

95

3622654

96

2982041

(table 2.)

 OFFSHORE REPORTS

We would like to thank those offshore watermen who have been reporting their data. Just a reminder: offshore data is not required in the mandatory reporting project. If you would like to send the information to us, we appreciate it, but clearly indicate it is offshore. Thank you for your cooperation.

MANDATORY REPORTING UPGRADES

Since the Mandatory Reporting Program has been in effect we have streamlined mailing the reporting forms you receive. Based on your reporting history we have assessed whether you work 0;3;6;9;or 12 months out of the year. All watermen have been placed in these five categories, and supplies are mailed once a year. By using this system we have saved substantial funds in manpower and postage. If you need additional supplies during the year you can call, 1-800-937-9247, and leave a detailed message on exactly what you need 24hrs a day; 7-days a week.

We have added an additional feature to our system. When we receive your reports we check them to see if any information is missing. You will be receiving a letter, letting you know what is needed. We have several letters that can be automatically generated. This was added to improve the quality of data we receive. Some common mistakes are:

 1) Putting multiple gears and water bodies on the same ticket. We do not know what species came out of what gear and what waterbody the gear was fishing;

 2) Leaving the "hours fished" off the ticket: We need the hours your gear was in the water, not the number of hours it takes you to pull your gear.

 3) Putting multiple days worth of data on the "daily" tickets instead of indicating a daily take for the species.

 4) Reports received after the 5th of the month.

 Presently, Virginia landings are current, if reports are received in a timely manner as required by the 5th of the month. All data is available for analysis and preliminary reports within a month.

 COMPLIANCE PROGRAM

Since 1993, the Mandatory Reporting Compliance Program has been working with industry, members of VMRC Law Enforcement and watermen to insure harvest reports are being received and kept within the guidelines set forth by regulation. Several individuals who violated Regulation 4VAC20-610-10 ET SEQ. have been required to appear before the Commission which has resulted in some cases in the suspension of license, probation and fines.

The Commission has the ability to revoke/suspend licenses under Virginia Code 28.2-232. The Commission takes "failure to report" very seriously.

For the majority of commercial watermen, their reports are received in a timely manner and on the necessary paperwork. However, there are always a few individuals who are brought before the Commission for failure to report. For those individuals who appear before the Commission, the Compliance Program shows just cause for their appearance.

If you should have questions or problems with reporting your harvest, please contact us at 1-800-937-9247 by leaving your name, telephone number and message and someone will return your call. If your group would like to have someone discuss the reporting program please call us at the same number.

 REGULATION CHANGES

Below, you will find a summary of recent regulations enacted by the Commission, in addition to announcements of upcoming public hearings.

Spadefish - 6 fish possession limit for recreational fishermen; 6 fish possession limit with a sunset clause of October 1, 1997, for commercial hook and line watermen. Finfish Management Advisory Committee (FMAC) will conduct a study to evaluate all limits on the commercial hook and line fishery.

Shellfish - New regulation adopted: 4VAC20-980-10 et seq. "Pertaining to On-shore Loading and Unloading of Shellfish from Condemned Areas"

The following locations shall be designated for the on-shore loading and unloading of clams taken from condemned areas:

1.  L.D. Amory, Hampton
101 South King St.
Hampton, VA

4.  Searich Sfd South
205 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA

2.  F. D. Hunt's Dock
Sunset Creek
Hampton, VA
5.  Old Point Pking, Inc.
817 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA
3.  Jones Marina
519 Bridge Street
Hampton, VA
6.  Casey Seafood, Inc.
807 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA
7.  Lynnhaven Waterway Marina Inc.
2101 Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA

The following locations shall be designated for the on-shore loading and unloading of oysters taken from condemned areas:

1.  Bevans Oyster Co. Route 1
Kinsale, VA
3.  Public Boat LandingTylers Beach
Rushmere, VA
2.  State Public Dock
in Perrin
Gloucester, V
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4.  Back River Sfd
435 Messick Road
Poquoson, VA

 Crabs - 4VAC20-270-40. Season Limits: "It shall be unlawful for any person to place, set, fish or knowingly leave any hard crab pot or peeler pot in any tidal waters of Virginia from December 1 through March 31."

4VAC20-370-20. Where crabs are culled: "All crabs taken from the tidal waters of Virginia shall be culled to the legal size and possession limits by the catcher at the location of the harvest. During culling, all undersized crabs shall be returned immediately to the water as required by Section 28.2-708 of the Code of Virginia."

4VAC20-700-20. Cull Ring Requirement: "The required 2-5/16 inches inside diameter cull ring may be obstructed in crab pots set within the crab dredge areas, as set forth in 4VAC20-90-10 et seq., or on the seaside of Accomack and Northampton Counties or within Pocomoke or Tangier Sounds proper. Any crab pot set within any tributary or subtributary of Pocomoke or Tangier Sound may not contain any obstructed cull rings."

 Public Hearings: July 22, 1997 - Amendment to Regulation 4VAC20-890-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Channeled Whelk."

Eastern Shore Bayside Management Area - proposed changes to Regulation 4VAC20-480-10 et seq. will come before a public hearing in August.

Proposals include:1) enlarging existing management areas and 2) adding new ones to serve as gill net free areas.

 ATLANTIC COASTAL COOPERATIVE STATISTICS PROGRAM (ACCSP)

 New Fisheries Data Collection Approach to Help Fishermen, Managers, and Marine Resources

 For years, biologists, fishery managers, and user groups have recognized that the best available fisheries data are not good enough to achieve our common goals of protecting, restoring and conserving marine resources.

For example, management of bluefish, a migratory species ranging from Maine to Florida, has been seriously hampered by a lack of adequate length and age data. Such problems contribute to a high degree of uncertainty and distrust in stock assessments, upon which management decisions are based. Frustration over this and similar problems have prompted federal, regional and state fishery agencies along the Atlantic coast to join forces with fishermen to improve the situation.

The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP), a cooperative state-federal marine and coastal fisheries data collection program, is bringing fishermen and managers together to design a system that is workable, consistent and effective all along the Atlantic coast.

The ACCSP is currently investigating the successes, problems and redundancies of existing fisheries data collection programs. Input is being sought from all interested user groups to ensure that ACCSP meets the needs of a coastwide data collection and management system. Ideas given at public meetings or in writing to the ACCSP Program Manager will ensure that future data collections processors will incorporate the everyday, real-world concerns of fishermen and managers.

 What is the ACCSP?

The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program is a cooperative effort among federal and state fisheries managers and commercial and recreational fishermen to coordinate and improve data collection activities on the Atlantic coast. The ACCSP is being designed over four phases. Phase I included collecting background information and identifying data to be collected. Phase II included investigating how that data will be collected. In Phase III plan details will be developed and data management systems will be discussed. In Phase IV the data management system will be finalized and plans set for the implementation. Each phase includes a technical, advisory, and public input component. The ACCSP is currently gathering public input for the second phase of the project.

 What will the ACCSP do?

The mission of those working on the ACCSP is to simplify the effort involved in reporting fishing data, while at the same time, improving the types and amounts of data collected so that fair and reasonable management decisions can be made. Where possible, the ACCSP will eliminate duplication in collecting information. The program will set standards for data collection and management so that resource managers, fishermen, and seafood markets can make better decisions.

 Who's involved?

A team of scientists, resource managers, economists, sociologists and fishermen are working on the project. Development teams for the ACCSP were selected from state, regional and federal agencies and fishing industry groups. As work continues, recommendations regarding the design of the ACCSP are being distributed to the public for comment. All ideas are being considered so that the plan meets the needs of fisheries managers and all users of marine resources.

 What will the ACCSP do for you?

Under current data collection programs fishermen are often required to provide the same information to various agencies by filling out separate data sheets or logbooks. One goal is to have marine resources users provide information to one system. With the cooperation of all involved, the data from recreational and commercial fishermen will be consistent, accurate and timely. Then it will be fed into a data management system from which anyone can access and use that information. Provisions will be made to ensure appropriate confidentiality.

With better information, fisheries managers can make better decisions. And better decisions should mean more fish -- a direct benefit to commercial and recreational fishermen.

What's been done so far for commercial fishermen?

The ACCSP is being designed in steps because of the number of problems it is trying to address. In the first phase, finished in February 1997, the development teams decided what minimum standard catch, effort, biological, social and economic data needed to be collected.

Currently, the teams are investigating how to:

The technical team recommended a mandatory reporting system that would require all fishermen and dealers to provide standard data and report on a generic data form. The term "dealer" was defined to ensure complete reporting of all commercial landings, including purchase and transport of landings.

The technical team recognized that problems exist with large volume fisheries (e.g. lobster and blue crabs) and modifications may be needed to address these fisheries.

This system will have built-in verification because of the data required from fishermen and dealers. Various methods will be used to verify other data elements, such as fishing location, gear used, fishing time, etc.

Verification methods could include:

  • consistent law enforcement;
  • independent surveys; and
  • methods designed specifically for self-reported data.

 Details of the program design will be finished by June 1997.

 What's ahead for recreational anglers?

The team looking at recreational fisheries recognized that identification of recreational participants and vessels is essential to collect accurate and complete information. A list will be maintained of:

A baseline set of data would be collected by all Atlantic states and federal agencies to provide consistency. Data collection methods were recommended for the following types of recreational fishing:

private and rental boats;

For private and rental boats and shore-based anglers, some combination of site-intercept surveys and telephone surveys will be used to collect catch and effort data. For for-hire fisheries, the use of logbook reporting and/or site intercept/telephone surveys will be evaluated and the preferred method used.

What else is being discussed?

The committees also recommended:

  • development of commercial and recreational quota monitoring programs. This could include a coastwide call-in system for commercial dealers to report their total landings;
  • developing a coastwide bycatch monitoring program which will include reporting of recreational discard information and possible development of a coastwide at-sea observer program; and
  • expanding collection of biological data.

Some state and federal agencies will require statutory and regulatory changes to implement the program. This information has been compiled and will be forwarded through the ACCSP to appropriate state and federal representatives for consideration.

What are the next steps?

Once recreational and commercial plans have been approved, work will begin on the details. That includes the development of quality control features for data collection, recommendations on timeliness of data submission and dissemination, and development of standard data collection forms. Work will also begin on developing the data collection programs for social, economic and bycatch information. Consultants will be used in the final design of the data management system.

The ACCSP will be implemented by the Atlantic state, regional and federal fisheries management agencies who have agreed to work together on this data collection and management system. Representatives from all segments of the fishing industry are directly involved in designing and implementing this program. The ACCSP Implementation Plan is still in the works.

What can you do to help develop the ACCSP

It is important that the ACCSP be designed not only to meet the needs of fisheries scientists and managers, but also the fishermen and fishing industry who provided the needed information.

To make the ACCSP successful and effective, it is important that as much input as possible be given prior to final design. Public input will be gathered on all aspects of the ACCSP.

For more information or to receive a copy of the Technical Source Document which details the program design, contact the ACCSP Program Manager at the number below.

If you are interested in speaking personally with the fishing industry representative from your state who is participating in the design of this program or would like to talk more about the program, call ACCSP Program Manager, Connie Young-Dubovsky, (202)289-6400. Written comments may be sent to ACCSP Program Manager, 1444 Eye St. N.W., Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005.

VMRC Comments

As you can see from the preceding comments, reporting for all watermen is about to become very uniformed and detailed. The Virginia Mandatory Reporting Program was one of the building models for the ACCSP document. It has most of the components that the ACCSP document wants to capture. It is a very universal form, any watermen using any type of gear will be able to use the form currently used in Virginia.

The Virginia Mandatory Reporting Program has been in effect since January 1, 1993. We have worked the majority of the bugs out of our program. Watermen have become familiar with the reporting forms and what information should be on the forms. Our transition will not be as difficult as a state which has no reporting program at all.

VIRGINIA'S TIDAL WATERS

* - Changes since last newsletter

AMBERJACK - Regulation 4VAC20-510-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit.........32 inches total length.
Possession Limit.......2 amberjack per person. 

AMERICAN EEL - Regulation 4VAC20-500-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit...........6 inches total length. See regulation for details on eel pot restrictions.

AMERICAN SHAD - Reg. 4VAC20-530-10 et seq.
MORATORIUM...Unlawful for any person to catch or possess American shad from the Chesapeake Bay or its tidal tributaries.
OPEN FISHERY...Only in Virginia's portion of the Territorial Sea (east of the Colregs Remarcation Line).

 *BILLFISHES(Sailfish, White marlin, Blue marlin, Longbill spearfish) - Reg. 4VAC20-350-10 et seq.
PROHIBITION OF SALE. Unlawful for any person to buy, sell, offer for sale, possess with intent to sell, barter or exchange billfish.

BLACK DRUM - (Drum, Drumfish) - Reg. 4VAC20-320-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit..........16 inches total length
Possession Limit........All hook & line fishermen are limited to 1 black drum per person
Harvest Quota............120,000 pounds per year from Virginia's tidal waters.
Permit Required.........All fishermen need to obtain a Black Drum Harvest/Selling Permit in order to catch, sell or possess black drum. All fisheries for black drum are under limited entry.

BLACK SEA BASS - Reg, 4VAC20-950-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit...........9 inches total length.
See regulation for details on fish pot restrictions

BLUEFISH - Reg. 4VAC20-450-10 et seq.
Possession Limit....All hook & line fishermen are limited to 10 bluefish per person.
Landings Quota....913,788 pounds for 1997 from any waters.

COBIA (Bonita) - Reg. 4VAC20-510-10 et seq.
Possession Limit....2 cobia per person. 

GREY TROUT (Weakfish) - Reg. 4VAC20-380-10 et seq.

Hook & Line Fishery..12 inch minimum size limit and a 4 fish possession limit per person.

Gill Net Fishery..12 inch minimum size limit; no possession of grey trout May 14-Oct. 7 and Dec. 18 through Mar. 31. During the CLOSED SEASON, you can possess up to 150 pounds of grey trout of 12 inches or greater.

Pound Net Fishery...No possession of grey trout May 1-22, and Sept. 13 through Mar. 31; See 4VAC20-380-50 for exceptions. During the CLOSED SEASON, you can possess up to 150 pounds of grey trout of 12 inches or greater.

Haul Seine Fishery...No possession of grey trout April 1-15, June 11 through Aug. 20, and Sep. 25 through Mar. 31. During the CLOSED SEASON, you can possess up to 150 pounds of grey trout of 12 inches or greater.

Trawl Fishery...Unlawful to land grey trout in VA less than 12 inches and to have a trawl net cod-end with mesh less than 3 inches. Closed season on landing grey trout by trawler is Sep. 26 through Mar. 31. During the CLOSED SEASON, you can possess a bycatch of up to 150lbs of grey trout of 12 inches or greater.

Other Gear Types......9 inch minimum size limit. 

KING MACKEREL - Reg. 4VAC20-540-10 et seq.
Min. Size Limit...14 inches total length, except that a licensed pound net may take or possess king mackerel less than 14 inches total length.

RED DRUM (Puppy Drum) - Reg. 4VAC20-280-10 et seq.
Slot Size Limit..18 inch min and 27 inch max size limits (total length).
Possession Limit...Any person is limited to 5 red drum, only 1 of which may exceed 27 inches total length.

SCUP (Porgy) - Reg. 4VAC20-910-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit....9 inches total length.
Harvest Quota.....4158 pounds for May 1 through October 31. See regulation for details of additional landing and possession limits, as well as fish pot restrictions.

SHARKS (All species of shark excluding dogfish) - Reg. 4VAC20-490-10 et seq.
Minimum Size Limit..58 inches fork length or 31 inches in carcass length; except, any person may harvest and land for commercial purposes from Virginia's portion of the Territorial Sea within the three nautical mile line only up to 200 pounds of shark carcasses less than 31 inches in carcass length.
Possession Limit..All hook & line and spear fishermen are limited to 1 shark per person.
Catch Limit...A vessel may not land or have on board any more than 7500 pounds of shark carcasses per day. Longlining and finning sharks are prohibited; however, fins may be removed at sea provided the carcass of the shark is retained and counted as part of any possession or landing limit.
  *SPADEFISH - Reg. 4VAC20-970-10 et seq.
Possession Limit... All hook & line and spear fishermen are limited to 6 spadefish per person.

SPANISH MACKEREL - Reg. 4VAC20-540-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit...14 inches total length.
Catch Limit....No person may land more than 3500 pounds of Spanish mackerel per vessel per trip.
 

SPECKLED TROUT - Reg. 4VAC20-280-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit..14 inches total length. Possession Limit...All hook & line fisherman are limited to 10 speckled trout per person Pound Net and Haul Seine Fisheries..up to 5% tolerance (speckled trout under 14 inches) by weight.
Harvest Quota..51,104 pounds for Sept. through Aug., for each 12 month period.

STRIPED BASS (Rockfish) - Reg. 4VAC20-252-10 et seq.
It is unlawful for any person to engage in the commercial fishery for striped bass without first having obtained the necessary fisherman's registration license, appropriate gear license and the special permit to fish for striped bass. The minimum size limit and season restrictions must be observed and all commercially harvested striped bass must be identified with a tamper evident sealed tag that has been approved and issued by the appropriate authority in the jurisdiction of capture.
 

STURGEON - Code Section 28.2-303
It is unlawful to take, catch or possess any sturgeon.
 

SUMMER FLOUNDER - Reg. 4VAC20-620-10 et seq.
Min Size Limit...14 inches total length.
Possession Limit...All hook & line fishermen are limited to 10 summer flounder per person. Harvest Quota..300,000 lbs per yr from VA tidal waters.

 *TAUTOG - Reg. 4VAC20-960-10 et seq.
Minimum Size Limit...13 inches total length.  (See regulation for details of fish pot restrictions)

VIRGINIA LANDINGS, 1996 ANNUAL SUMMARY

(PRELIMINARY)

ANNUAL COMMERCIAL FISHERIES STATISTICS (Summary Report)

 Species

 CURRENT YEAR 1996 

 PRIOR YEAR 1995

 FINFISH

 POUNDS

VALUE($)

$/LBS

POUNDS

VALUE ($)

$/LBS

ALEWIFE

138673

14255

0.10

240393

19377

0.08

AMBERJACK

483

142

0.29

2667

1458

0.55

ANGLER

1706479

657617

0.39

1752891

897269

0.51

BLUEFISH

606414

215499

0.36

536734

176090

0.33

BONITO

293

195

0.67

660

388

0.59

BULLHEADS

98290

18676

0.19

23614

4488

0.19

BUTTERFISH

182048

138541

0.76

171607

81655

0.48

COBIA

20796

26135

1.26

21942

35221

1.61

CARP

55147

5609

0.10

33551

4270

0.13

CATFISH

734827

126658

0.17

554062

124798

0.23

COD

2676

1082

0.40

21067

5204

0.25

CREVALLE

338

322

0.95

415

584

1.41

CROAKER,ATLANTIC

9323500

3322932

0.36

6949639

2519474

0.36

RIBBON FISH

190

98

0.52

570

286

0.50

DOLPHIN FISH

5811

10618

1.83

2148

2980

1.39

DRUM, BLACK

66318

39776

0.60

68091

20829

0.31

DRUM, RED

2073

1106

0.53

2992

1304

0.44

HERRING, BLUEBACK

2335

235

0.10

0

0

0.00

EEL, AMERICAN

350811

275413

0.79

317708

257114

0.81

EEL, CONGER

4574

1367

0.30

4104

1229

0.30

FLOUNDER, WINTER

67

53

0.79

8774

8689

0.99

FLOUNDER, SUMMER

1604241

2179410

1.36

3103814

4424478

1.43

FLOUNDER, WITCH

9900

5829

0.59

17416

14501

0.83

FLOUNDER, YELLOWTAIL

32

32

1.00

6951

7706

1.11

PLAICE, AMERICAN

17

17

1.00

477

239

0.50

WINDOWPANE-SAND DAB

0

0

0.00

2670

2898

1.09

FLOUNDERS, NK

68

104

1.53

0

0

0.00

GARFISH

834

88

0.11

3855

393

0.10

SHAD, GIZZARD

1655836

231812

0.14

1104234

154575

0.14

GROUPERS

0

0

0.00

102

163

1.60

GRUNT

4

8

2.00

503

1260

2.50

HAKE, RED

1858

295

0.16

1244

189

0.15

HAKE,WHITE

57

14

0.25

35

18

0.51

HAKE MIX

0

0

0.00

23

12

0.52

HARVESTFISH

30343

26247

0.87

59546

47231

0.79

HERRING, NK

301695

15085

0.05

0

0

0.00

HERRING, ATLANTIC

1248

69921

0.06

99398

5005

0.05

SHAD, HICKORY

388

302

0.78

6164

4641

0.75

HOGFISH

431

138

0.32

1178

221

0.19

JOHN DORY

2987

810

0.27

25

30

1.20

MACKEREL, KING

2505

3705

1.48

4582

6799

1.48

WHITING, KING

96758

70001

0.72

62467

42239

0.68

COD, LING

16

8

0.50

0

0

0.00

MACKEREL, ATLANTIC

185855

26994

0.15

169386

17134

0.10

MENHADEN

5398888

529571

0.10

6154703

573363

0.09

MULLET

1344

482

0.36

6650

1793

0.27

REDFISH

0

0

0.00

143

43

0.30

PIGFISH

796

168

0.21

3323

686

0.21

POLLOCK

53

27

0.51

688

482

0.70

POMPANO, COMMON

639

501

0.78

895

722

0.81

SEA RAVEN

0

0

0.00

28

17

0.61

SCUP

157849

127713

0.81

39901

12226

0.31

PORGY, RED & PINFISH

0

0

0.00

250

100

0.40

BASS, BLACK SEA

749295

1035438

1.38

307726

493777

1.60

SEA ROBINS

1013

101

0.10

0

0

0.00

SEATROUT, GREY

1581696

1488761

0.94

1484502

722031

0.49

SEATROUT, SPOTTED

4476

5412

1.21

28722

35765

1.25

SHAD, AMERICAN

238112

269107

1.13

150911

91064

0.60

SHARK, SAND TIGER

360

209

0.58

102

75

0.74

DOGFISH, NK

203545

47450

0.23

419881

67121

0.16

DOGFISH, SMOOTH

141267

30650

0.22

257081

54071

0.21

DOGFISH, SPINY

1700287

253953

0.15

230752

25383

0.11

SHARK, THRESHER

1832

510

0.28

1874

516

0.28

SHARK, MAKO SHORTFIN

2920

3467

1.19

644

768

1.19

SHEEPSHEAD

668

217

0.32

5179

1031

0.20

SHARKS, MAKO

202

73

0.36

0

0

0.00

SHARK, MAKO LONGFIN

161

12

0.07

0

0

0.00

SHARK, NK

75935

15137

0.20

86621

48254

0.56

SKATE, WINGS

8681

898

0.10

33051

4064

0.12

SNAPPER, RED

0

0

0.00

19

43

2.26

SPADEFISH

12222

3691

0.30

13941

4895

0.35

MACKEREL, SPANISH

283641

199766

0.70

168732

107388

0.64

SPOT

2982041

1151421

0.39

3622654

1272270

0.35

BASS, STRIPED

1609669

2776355

1.72

662463

890596

1.34

PUFFER, NORTHERN

21871

23415

1.07

25288

15846

0.63

SWORDFISH

19657

67165

3.42

9047

31801

3.52

TAUTOG

24014

19823

0.83

27760

22316

0.80

TILEFISH

101

93

0.92

38

30

0.79

TOADFISH, OYSTER

28

42

1.50

23768

48330

2.03

TRIGGERFISHES

619

472

0.76

1823

854

0.47

TRIPLETAIL

50

25

0.50

38

19

0.50

TUNA, FALSE ALBECORE

1799

184

0.10

1323

140

0.11

TUNA, BIGEYE

4000

11305

2.83

4010

14925

3.72

TUNA, ALBECORE

2791

3536

1.27

1315

951

0.72

TUNA, YELLOWFIN

25303

61311

2.42

25739

46969

1.82

WAHOO

41

92

2.24

16

48

3.00

SHARK, PORBEAGLE

0

0

0.00

279

106

0.38

SHARK, SANDBAR

2691

1667

0.62

283

204

0.72

SHARK, DUSKY

6045

1987

0.33

6123

2027

0.33

SHARK, NIGHT

28

6

0.21

0

0

0.00

SHARK, BLCKTIP

4477

2041

0.46

962

718

0.75

SHARK, WHITE TIP OC

88

25

0.28

0

0

0.00

SHARK, TIGER

656

236

0.36

167

48

0.29

SHARK, HAMMERHEAD

0

0

0.00

251

46

0.18

SHARK, LARGE COASTAL

1787

783

0.44

0

0

0.00

SHARKS, PELAGIC

76

201

2.64

0

0

0.00

PERCH, WHITE

152491

113478

0.74

117444

83384

0.71

HAKE, SILVER

9875

3496

0.35

7796

3115

0.40

PERCH, YELLOW

4857

3577

0.74

15074

11331

0.75

FISH, OTHER

37274

2856

0.08

34057

1729

0.05

FISH, OTHER

7315494

699308

0.10

8562936

629234

0.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL FINFISH

41238345

16445364

0.40

38799255

14260205

0.37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIES

CURRENT YEAR 1996

PRIOR YEAR 1995

SHELLFISH

POUNDS

VALUE($)

$/LBS

POUNDS

VALUE($)

$/LBS

 

CRAB, BLUE

34216731

23419435

0.68

32646296

24652394

0.76

CRAB, JONAH

0

0

0.00

25

31

1.24

CRAB,NK

0

0

0.00

21

42

2.00

CRAB, HORSESHOE

85655

68009

0.79

20591

17235

0.84

LOBSTER

1252

4572

3.65

5187

20004

3.86

SHRIMP (PENAEID)

0

0

0.00

41385

96877

2.34

BLOOD ARK, CLAM

7516

42156

5.61

5437

30301

5.57

QUAHOG, PUBLIC

788523

4190506

5.31

943930

4967452

5.26

CONCHS

1321759

581022

0.44

1219903

453727

0.37

WHELK, CHANNEL

786

1861

2.37

0

0

0.00

WHELK, KNOBBED

1090

1247

1.14

0

0

0.00

MUSSELS

44

38

0.86

358

287

0.80

OCTOPUS

1160

1160

1.00

12326

13333

1.08

OYSTERS

136408

386886

2.84

401889

1100679

2.74

SCALLOPS, SEA

4702860

24181146

5.14

5764955

28131424

4.88

SQUID (LOLIGO)

162521

67787

0.42

214543

88914

0.41

SQUID (ILLEX)

739590

109870

0.15

687485

98962

0.14

SQUID (NS)

0

0

0.00

6393

4444

0.70

TOTAL SHELLFISH

42165895

53055695

1.26

41970724

59676106

1.42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINFISH & SHELLFISH

83404240

69501059

0.83

80769979

73936311

0.92

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