The Virginia Recreational Fishing Advisory Board invites public comment on the proposed funding of the below listed projects. These projects are currently being considered for funding from the Saltwater Recreational Fishing License Fund.
A public hearing on these projects is scheduled for Monday, March 13, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News. Any interested person may present testimony. Written comments may be mailed to Jack Travelstead, VMRC, P. O. Box 756, Newport News, Virginia 23607.
Projects Responding to Research RFP:
A. Effects of Haul Seine Fishing Gear on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in Virginia, Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Robert J. Orth. June 2000-May 31, 2001, $14,939
B. Exploratory Study of Circle and J-Shaped Hooks on Release Mortality in Adult Speckled Trout and Associated Utilization of SAV Using Telemetry Tags, Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Jon A. Lucy. $63,280
C. Using Tag-Recovery Data to Estimate Migration of Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) Spawned in the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Robert J. Latour. $25,638
D. Determination of Frequency of Anadromous Migrations by Rappahannock River Striped Bass based upon Electron Microprobe Analysis of Otoliths, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, David H. Secor; Virginia Institute of Marine Science, John Olney; $66,466
L. Feeding Behavior, Growth, and Trophic Interactions of Juvenile Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) in the Chesapeake Bay and Nearshore Virginia Waters, Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Herbert M. Austin $17,900
Long Term (Multi-year) Projects:
E. Restoring seagrass habitat as Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Robert J. Orth. $127,676
F. Support of Facilities to Provide Finfish Ageing for Virginia Catches and Application of Virtual Population Analysis to Provide Management Advice. Virginia Marine
Resources Commission; Jack Travelstead, Old Dominion University; Cynthia M. Jones. $203,028
G. 2000 Children's Fishing Clinic, The Denbigh Rotary Club & CCA; Rob Cowling. $6,000
H. Hampton Roads Kids Fishing Day, Coastal Conservation Association/ VA Tidewater Chapter, Bill Dieffenbach. $6,000
I. Life History of Spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) from the Chesapeake Bay and Nearshore Virginia Waters: Age & Growth, Feeding, and Reproduction; Deborah A. Bodolus, Hampton University, Herbert M. Austin, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. $8,474
K. County of Isle of Wight Department of Parks & Recreation, Jones Creek Boat Ramp, Phase II; Alan Nogiec $85,000
M. Estimation of Future Demand for Recreational Fishing Access Facilities in Virginia's Coastal Waters; Thomas J. Murray, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. $27,463
N. Tide and current prediction tables for the eleven Virginia Artificial Fish Reefs with current vector maps on CD-ROMS; Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Robert A. Gammisch/Dr. John Brubaker, $76,664
O. Wallop-Breaux Matching Funds, Jack Travelstead; Virginia Marine Resources Commission. $60,000
P. Virginia Marine Angler's Guide-Revision and Reprinting; Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Claude Bain. Total Request: $227,000
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