Virginia Coastal fish species
Seasons Fall through early spring, although some school-sized fish remain around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for longer periods of time.
Locations Mostly around structure like bridges and piers, especially those with lights. But also found schooling in open water where menhaden are found.
Methods Rockfish can be taken on just about ever method possible. Cut bait, live bait, casting lures and trolling. Especially fun on fly rod.
Regulations Virginia: Several seasons – Chesapeake Bay Fall Season is Oct. 4 through Dec. 31, two fish limit measuring 18 to 28 inches, with one fish allowed to be 28 inches or longer; Chesapeake Bay Spring Season is May 16 to June 15, with two fish limit between 18 and 28 inches, with one fish allowed to be 32 inches or longer (this fish must be reported to the VMRC); Virginia Trophy Season is May 1-15 in coastal waters and May 1 to June 15 in Chesapeake Bay, with one fish 32 inches or longer allowed; Virginia Coastal Season is Jan. 1 through March 31 and May 16 through Dec. 31, with two fish 28 inches or longer allowed. North Carolina: coastal waters are open year-round with a 2 fish limit and 28-inch minimum length. For the sounds and tidal rivers, go to ncdenr.org for regulations.
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Coastal seagrass can store more heat-trapping carbon per square mile (kilmometre) than forests can, which means these coastal plants could be part of the solution to climate change, scientists said in a new study.
Even though seagrasses occupy less than 0.2 percent of the world's oceans, they can hold up to 83,000 metric tons of carbon per square kilometer, a global team of researchers reported Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience.
That is more than twice the 30,000 metric tons of carbon per square kilometer a typical terrestrial forest can store.
Earth's oceans are an important carbon sink - keeping climate-warming carbon dioxide from human-made and natural sources out of the atmosphere - and seagrasses account for more than 10 percent of all the carbon buried...
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