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Review of the rock shrimp fishery off the East Coast of the United States
  • Published Date:
    1993
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Southeast Fisheries Science Center (U.S.)
  • Description:
    "The following report represents a summary of landings and effort data for south Atlantic rock shrimp during the eleven year period from 1981 through 1991. Although there are several species of rock shrimp along the east coast of the United States (Williams, 1984), most are either too small in size or not abundant enough for commercial harvest. The majority of the rock shrimp landed from the east coast of the United States are Sicyonia brevirostris. The data were extracted in early 1993 from the A-IO computer located at the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. The time of data extraction is important since new data are entered and old data are edited by NMFS and State management agencies on a regular bases. The weights reported are in pounds of headed shrimp (tail weight). The dollar values are in actual dollars reported in each year. No attempt has been made to standardize the dollar values for comparison between years. The effort values in days fished as reported by the NMFS and state port agents. Days fished represent the actual time fishing and not the length of a trip (i.e., days out of port). No attempt has been made to standardize the effort data by vessel class or trawl type. Details about the biology and the distribution of rock shrimp can be found in articles by Cobb, et al. (1973) and Kennedy, et al. (1977). These topics are not considered in this report, and the reader is referred to these publications for more information. The purposes of this report are to summarize the current landing information on rock shrimp and to suggest possible recruitment overfishing levels that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) could use for this species. The report also will be used by the NMFS Southeast Regional Office to produce a Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report for South Atlantic rock shrimp"--Introduction.

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