In addition to collecting data on the abundance of Virginia's juvenile fish and Blue Crabs, the Juvenile Fish and Blue Crab Trawl Survey generates a wealth of ancillary data concerning
- hydrography (secchi depth, water depth, water temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen)
- atmospheric conditions (air temperature, sea state, wind speed and direction*)
- invertebrates* (bivalves, decapods, marine worms, gelatinous organisms, etc.), and
- substrate* (SAV, hydroids, seaweed, sand, etc.)
The data and samples gathered by the VIMS Juvenile Fish and Blue Crab Trawl Survey are analyzed by survey staff, students, other VIMS researchers, and collaborating scientists from other institutions. The products resulting from these analyses include reports, indices of abundance, publications, and theses and dissertations.
The data generated by the survey are used by fishery managers and researchers. These data, together with data from other surveys, are used by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission as well as multi-state fishery management councils to create fishery management plans.
*As of March 2012, these data are no longer collected by the Juvenile Fish and Blue Crab Trawl Survey.