From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of August 1, 2011.
This week we feature a traditional English tune performed to honor the lure of some of Virginia’s most popular fish. Have a listen for about 35 seconds.
You’ve been listening to part of "Bass Fisherman’s Reel," performed by Timothy Seaman on his 2004 CD, "Virginia Wildlife." Virginia’s waters are home to nine species of bass. The five species in the Sunfish Family found in Virginia’s fresh waters include the well-known Smallmouth and Largemouth basses. Three members of the Striped Bass family of freshwater and estuarine fish live in Virginia, including the species known as Striped Bass or Rockfish. And Black Sea Bass inhabit Virginia’s coastal waters. Predators on crustaceans, insects, other invertebrates, and fish, many of the basses are in turn highly prized by human anglers. The Smallmouth Bass, for example, has been called "one of the most valued and studied fishes in North America," and the Striped Bass has been a popular and important fish in Virginia since colonial days. Thanks to Mr. Seaman for permission to use this week’s music.
For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463. From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.
Acknowledgments: "Bass Fisherman's Reel," is from the "Virginia Wildlife" CD, copyright 2008 by Pine Wind Music, Inc., used with permission. Timorthy Seaman did the CD in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For more information, see https://www3.dgif.virginia.gov/estore/proddetail.asp?prod=VW219.
Sources: Information on bass in Virginia was taken from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Web site at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/fish/ (7/29/11); the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Web site at http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/regulations/fr950.shtm; and Freshwater Fishes of Virginia, by R.E. Jenkins and N.M. Burkhead (Bethesda, Md.: American Fisheries Society, 1993; quote above from p.729).
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