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Main Title Examination of the Blue Crab Fishery in the Pamlico River Estuary.
Author McKenna, S. ; Camp, J. T. ;
CORP Author North Carolina Dept. of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Raleigh. Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study. ;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. National Estuary Program.
Publisher Dec 92
Year Published 1992
Report Number APES-92-08;
Stock Number PB94-168028
Additional Subjects Pungo River ; Fisheries ; Pamlico River ; Crabs ; Species diversity ; Estuaries ; Commercial shellfish ; Trawling ; Mortality ; Harvesting ; Commercial fishing ; Catch statistics
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NTIS  PB94-168028 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 09/01/1994
Collation 115p
Abstract
The Pamlico River Estuary (including the Pamlico and Pungo rivers and their associated feeder streams) recently experienced a decline in blue crab production. The causative agents and the severity of the decline are unknown. However, public opinion has laid the majority of the blame on the crab trawl fishery. This opinion coupled with the lack of fishery dependent data for the crab trawl and pot fisheries has put managers in a difficult position. In order to optimize yield for this resource up-to-date fishery-dependent data, such as size and sex composition of catches, number and weight of individuals in the catch, and effort data, were needed. The objectives of this study were to examine (1) harvest rates and bycatch in the crab pot and trawl fisheries; (2) the physical injury and immediate mortality of blue crabs in the pot and trawl fishery; and (3) the level of delayed mortality of blue crabs in the pot and trawl fisheries.