Derelict Blue Crab Trap Impacts on Marine Fisheries in the Lower York River, Virginia

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Havens, Kirk J.; Bilkovic, Donna Marie; Stanhope, David; Angstadt, Kory; Hershner, Carl; Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
CCRM Research and Reports; Research and Technical Reports; Blue Crab Fisheries; Marine Debris; Crab Traps; Aquaculture and Fisheries; Natural Resources Management and Policy
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In Virginia, an examination of existing derelict trap data retrieved from Chesapeake Bay Multispecies Monitoring and Assessment Program (ChesMMAP) trawl surveys shows the potential effect of derelict traps on fish communities in Virginia waters (Bonzek and Latour 2005). Since 2002, ChesMMAP has attempted to sample 90 stations in the mainstem Chesapeake Bay ranging from the southern edge of the Susquehanna Flats to the Bay mouth in all depths to a minimum of 10 feet during each cruise. There are approximately 4-5 cruises per year and a large mesh bottom trawl is used to capture adult fish of a variety of species. During this sampling time frame (2002-2005), when derelict traps were inadvertently dredged up with the trawl, observations on fish and shellfish species trapped within were made.