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Sneads Ferry is the top producer of black sea bass in the South Atlantic. Lee reports on a North Carolina Fishery Resource Grant project that seeks to study the efficiency and effectiveness of different configurations of black sea bass pots. The project has three main tasks: to determine if a certain pot type catches more legal sea bass; discover if a particular pot type catches more undersized sea bass; and compare the health of the released sub-legal sea bass from each pot type. The study is being conducted in Onslow Bay.
Tom Burgess and Paul Rudershausen are conducting research to match mesh size on catch boxes to black sea bass length. They are seeking to find a mesh size that will meet the new black sea bass fishery standard of trapping fish eleven inches or longer and insuring the release of the remainder. Lee reports on their work.