1) To carry out a survey of pre-recuit bass in the Solent area using a standard high-headline trawl with a cod-end liner fitted
2) To investigate the distribution and abundance of 1990 year class bass in the area
3) To tag juvenile/pre-recruit bass in bass nursery areas
4) To sample commercial landings of bass along the Hants and Sussex coast
Derek Roy Eaton (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Lowestoft Fisheries Laboratory)
Solent, Southampton Water, the adjacent harbours and the W Sussex and Hants coasts.
Biology and fisheries
Quantity: number of stations = 52 Description: trawled covering the whole of the survey area. Replicate tows were also made.
Quantity: number of specimens = 862 Description: Bass caught in the length range 13-18 cm
Quantity: number of specimens = 367 Description: Bass and 222 scale samples which will be included in the biological sampling programme for the area
Quantity: number of stations = 19 Description: trawled using the sandeel trawl. 1076 bass caught
Quantity: number of specimens = 318 Description: tagged and released in nursery areas. Hallprint 'T' bar internal/external tags were placed on 289 fish, 29 fish were tagged using mini-Howitt rigid flag tags