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Estimation of striped bass discards in the multispecies groundfish fishery during the 2002 fishing year (May 2002 - April 2003)
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    "This analysis was intended to examine striped bass discards in the multispecies groundfish fishery. Striped bass encounters within this fishery are a relatively rare event (Figure 4). However, on occasion seasonal/geographic aggregations of striped bass result in high levels of discards. Since statistical area was the lowest resolution for geographic stratification, discards may actually be over-estimated for some areas. Expansion by all landings within broad areas may encompass groundfishing locations which are not in the migratory pathway of striped bass and therefore unlikely to result in striped bass discards. In contrast, discards may also be under-estimated in areas with limited or no observer coverage, such as inshore locations where the majority of the striped bass population occur. Since the analysis did not include all fisheries potentially discarding striped bass, the estimate should not be considered a total estimate of commercial striped bass discards. Nonetheless, striped bass discards in the multispecies groundfish fishery appear to be a localized, seasonal event"--Overview.

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