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The Recreational Fishery at Pilgrim Shorefront

  • Robert P. Lawton
  • Phillips Brady
  • Christine Sheehan
  • Wendell Sides
  • Elizabeth Kouloheras
  • Mando Borgatti
  • Vincent Malkoski
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 11)

Abstract

A creel census conducted during 1973–1975 determined fishing effort, catch, and value of the recreational fishery at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s Shorefront. An estimated 21,120 angler visits were made and 9,332 fishes caught for a mean catch rate of 0.22 fish per angling hour. Cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus) 37%, bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) 32%, and pollock (Pollachius virens) 13% accounted for 82% of the total catch. Economic value of this fishery was estimated at $39,000 annually during the study period.

Sportfishing activity increased through the spring, peaked in July or August, and declined in autumn. Highest monthly catch rate occurred in September during two of the three years. Fishing success (catch rate) appeared to be influenced by species availability, anglers’ skill, and plant operation. Large numbers of small fishes in the outfall area provided abundant forage for sportfishes. Nevertheless, catch rates were lower than reported from other coastal areas of Massachusetts.

Keywords

Striped Bass Fishing Effort Total Catch Catch Rate Recreational Fishery 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert P. Lawton
  • Phillips Brady
  • Christine Sheehan
  • Wendell Sides
  • Elizabeth Kouloheras
  • Mando Borgatti
  • Vincent Malkoski

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