NCSU Spotted Seatrout Tagging Study
North Carolina State University researchers are studying the movement and mortality of spotted seatrout in North Carolina using advanced tagging and telemetry techniques.
Our objectives are:
1) To estimate movement rates and stock boundaries of spotted seatrout in North Carolina
2) To estimate seasonal and annual rates of fishing mortality for legal-size spotted seatrout in NC estuaries
3) To estimate monthly natural mortality rates of spotted seatrout in North Carolina tributaries during November to April time periods and determine the importance of winter kill
This work began in September 2008 and will conclude in August 2012. Funding for year one came from a NC Sea Grant Fishery Resource Grant and funding for years two through four comes from the NC Marine Resources Fund, which consists of proceeds from the sale of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License.
Principal Investigators are:
Dr. Jeff Buckel, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, NCSU-CMAST
Dr. Joe Hightower, Professor, Dept. of Biology, NCSU; Asst. Leader of NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Ken Pollock, Professor, Depts. of Biology, Biomathematics, and Statistics, NCSU
Tim Ellis, Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Biology, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program, NCSU-CMAST
Beth Burns, Fishery Biologist, NC Division of Marine Fisheries (retired)
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