Average Commercial Landings and Value 1997-2006 – 249,322 lbs./$314,172
2006 Commercial Landings and Value – 306,510 lbs./$402,512
Average Recreational Landings 1997-2006 – 440,558 lbs., 2006 – 925,612 lbs.
Average Recreational Commercial Gear License Landings 2002-2006 – 12,642 lbs.,
Status of Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) - In North Carolina, spotted seatrout are currently included in the Interjurisdictional FMP, which defers to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) FMP compliance requirements. The ASMFC FMP for Spotted Seatrout was initially approved in 1984, and is reviewed every three years. Updates to the plan incorporate new data and research findings, and assess the status of stocks and the fisheries. Amendment 1, approved by the ASMFC Policy Board on November 1991, added the objective of maintaining a spawning potential ratio (SPR) of at least 20% to minimize the possibility of recruitment failure.
Research and Data Needs - Validated index of juvenile abundance, fishery independent data, commercial and recreational mortality estimates, and stock assessment.
Current Regulations (2007) – 12-inch/10-fish bag limit per person per day taken by hook and line
Size and Age at Maturity – 7-9 inches fork length (FL)/less than 1 year
Historical and Current Maximum Age – 12 years/9 years
Juvenile Abundance Index - unknown
Habits and Habitats – Estuarine dependent member of the Sciaenidae family that includes kingfish, spot, croaker, red drum, black drum, and weakfish. Peak catches occur in the fall, although May and June are also productive months. North Carolina spotted seatrout have a protracted spawning season which extends from late April through early October. Juveniles are dependent on estuarine seagrass habitat as critical nursery areas. Catastrophic mortalities of spotted seatrout have been attributed to cold shock, hurricanes, excessive fresh water and red tide conditions.
For more information, contact Beth Burns at email@example.com (252-473-5734).
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