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GRANT NUMBER:  NA36FD0102           NMFS NUMBER:   92-NER-002

REPORT TITLE:  Effects of Catch and Release Angling on Important Northeast Marine Fishes: Mortality Factors and Applications to Recreational Fisheries

AUTHOR:  Malchoff, Mark

PUBLISH DATE: May 18, 1995

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

ABSTRACT

The final report for this project provides the first known estimates of hooking mortality for bluefish.  The striped bass work is also important in that it confirms the conclusion that freshwater-based mortality estimates may greatly overestimate post catch and release angling mortality in this species. The results of trials on striped bass, black sea bass, and scup and weakfish given represent the first known mortality estimates based directly on the sampling of sport fishing industry activities. These results confirm some previous estimates based on more conventional methods in different environments, and indicate that post catch and release mortality rates are generally low for these species in these settings. The results are now available for use by the industry and by fishery management agencies faced with the development or revisions to fishery management plans which require such mortality estimates.  Educational materials incorporating this information have been updated and are available for distribution in quantity to interested parties.

 
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