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Anglers Encouraged To Participate In Annual Striped Bass Survey
Data from Anglers Helps Guide Striped Bass Management
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages anglers to get involved in striped bass management this spring by participating in the Maryland Fisheries Service’s annual striped bass volunteer angler survey.
“Data volunteered by recreational anglers provides crucial information about our state’s most popular fish, that would otherwise be unavailable to DNR,” said Tom O’Connell, Fisheries Service Director. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of participating anglers, as this information is used to guide management decisions to ensure a sustainably managed striped bass fishery.”
Data collected through DNR’s Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey is crucial in the estimation of total harvest, discards, and other important information such as sex ratios and age structure of the population. DNR uses the data when developing creel limits and overall strategy for striped bass management.
DNR’s Fisheries Service will conduct a telephone survey of randomly selected Bay Sport Fish License holders to estimate the number of anglers participating in the spring striped bass season. DNR Fisheries biologists will also visit popular public-access boat ramps and marinas to briefly interview recreational anglers and request permission to examine their catch.
Anglers may participate in the Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey by entering information about their catch on DNR’s website at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/survey/sbsurveyintro.html. Information and survey packets are also available by mail, through contacting Eric Durell at 1-877-620-8DNR, ext. 8308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 15, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
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