Analysis of Virginia fisheries effort as a component in the development of a fisheries sampling plan to investigate the causes of sea turtle strandings
Corporate Authors:Northeast Fisheries Science Center (U.S.)
Marine Resources Conservation
Marine Resources Conservation/Virginia
Series:Northeast Fisheries Science Center reference document ; 06-24
Description:Commercial fisheries interact with sea turtles in Virginia state waters and adjacent federal ocean waters. We analyzed fishing effort data and sea turtle strandings in Virginia obtained during May through July 2001-2003 to develop an observer sampling scheme for Virginia commercial fisheries. Commercial landings and fishing trips were summarized by gear type, area, year, and week. Sea turtle strandings were summarized by area, year, week, and species. Spatial and temporal patterns in fishing effort were then compared to sea turtle strandings. Gillnet fishing activity peaked most consistently with the timing of sea turtle strandings. However, data limitations precluded the determination of any significant relationships between fishing activity and turtle strandings.
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