has operated the statewide Estuarine Trawl Survey, also known as Program 120, since 1971.
Short reefs were 4.5-5.5 m in diameter and 16-20 [m.sup.2] in area, and were used to mimic the most common type of restored oyster reef constructed by the NCDMF
in their oyster reef restoration program.
In a NCDMF
(1) study during 2002-2005, the capture, mortality, and escapement rates of blue crab in DCPs in 4 regions (Alligator River, Pamlico River, Bogue Sound, and Middle Sound) of coastal North Carolina were estimated at an average yearly catch of 40.4 individuals/DCP for legally marketable blue crab.
In almost every year in which harvest of bay scallops occurred in NC, at least 75%, and usually more, of the harvest came from these three water bodies (NCDMF
All Atlantic-basin otoliths were aged whole with the NCDMF
aging protocol (originally described in Wenner et al.
Fishery managers in North Carolina have recently expressed interest in investigating other methods to protect the sponge crab population short of an outright prohibition against their harvest (NCDMF
Much of the past work of tagging individuals from the AR stock was done when Striped Bass were at low levels of abundance and overfished (NCDMF
and NCWRC (2)).
A similar result (0.73:1) 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 (4.29:1).
Although gill nets are used state-wide, the ocean fishery operates primarily from Oregon Inlet to Drum Inlet on the coast (from approximately ocean segments A2 to B1) (NCDMF
(7)) and nearshore (0-5.6 km) (Palka and Rossman (8)).
We used a 6-mo age-length key developed by NCDMF
to convert total length of fish at tagging to an estimated age based on a 1 January birthday.
The soak times were shorter in the 2003-04 season than during previous years (Rossman and Palka (1)) due to trip limits imposed by the NCDMF
and these likely contributed to a lower bycatch rate.
To help maintain oyster harvests, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF
) restores oyster reefs throughout many locations in the estuary by creating piles of oyster shell, or marl, on the seafloor.