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GRANT NUMBER: NA46FD0339          NMFS NUMBER:   93-NER-055

REPORT TITLE: Population Structure of the Arkshell Clams Noetia ponderosa and Anadara ovalis in the Oceanside Lagoons and Tidal Creeks of Virginia and Implications for Fisheries Management

AUTHOR:  McGraw, Katherine A.; Castagna, Michael; and Dennis, Sally D.

PUBLISH DATE:  April 5, 1996

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.  PHONE: (978) 281-9267

ABSTRACT

A survey was conducted in the oceanside lagoon system along the Eastern Shore targeting two species of arkshell (blood) clams, Noetia ponderosa and Anadara ovalis.   Data were collected on density, abundance, habitat preference, and mortality rates for both species of blood clams, as well as some ancillary data on the hard clam, Mercenaria mercenaria.  The study provides baseline data for establishing management practices and regulations for the blood clam fishery. 

 

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