are many different ways to use the information collected on
the F/V Queen Mary (Figure
1). These include the development of length frequencies
and age/length keys. The majority of the fish caught were 22
inches. By using an age-length key, we can determine that these
fish were most likely four years old, from the 2003 year class.
Catching a lot of fish this size helps to validate the apparent
strength of that year class, which was one of the highest young-of-year
indexes for the Delaware River and the Chesapeake Bay.
It was a beautiful day for sampling, with plenty of bluefish
caught and birds working. The F/V
Queen Mary is a participant of the Striped Bass Bonus Program
and Captain JB's generosity and cooperation with the Division's
striped bass sampling and the Bonus Program has been greatly