The number of cells to be sampled in each waterbody was determined by a weighting method for both the relative numbers of fishing trips with hard-shell crab pots (averaging NCDMF (7) data for 2006-2008) and the relative combined area of marsh creek, estuarine edge, and ICW-margin habitats within each waterbody.
These estimates were consistent with the descriptions and images of crab pots after known soak times in North Carolina high-salinity (annual mean salinity=30) estuaries that were provided in the NCDMF (1) report.
We worked with the North Carolina Marine Patrol of the NCDMF to ensure that the 4 areas used for this study component were >5 km from state waters included in the NCDMF program for removing and disposing of lost and abandoned crab pots (Anthony and Knudsen (11)).
recovery date and location, and tag number) to the NCDMF, whose contact information was printed on the tag.
We thank the many individuals from the NCDMF and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission who collected and tagged Striped Bass and also compiled and processed tag return data.
2) NCDMF (North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries) and NCWRC (North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission).
73:1) was obtained from the NCDMF Independent Gill Net Survey of Striped Bass in the Albemarle Sound, but the independent gillnet survey in the RRNWR selected for male fish (4.
4); Kornegay, 1977; Winslow (19 20); NCDMF (21); Harris et al.
Other studies on Hickory Shad and other Alosa species also showed a significant degree of overlap of lengths at age (Street and Adams (15); Pate, 1972; NCDMF (21)).
The dredge, 25 kg in weight and 1 m in width, was pulled behind a powerboat operated by NCDMF personnel with commercial oyster-dredging experience.
We thank Mike Marshall, Jeff French, and those many NCDMF people working on deck for initially creating experimental reefs to our specifications and for later applying the experimental dredge harvesting treatment.
Trish Murphey, Mike Street, and Dee Lupton from NCDMF
provided the shrimp trip ticket data.