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Marine Angler Surveys

Connecticut MARINE ANGLER SURVEY

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Marine Fisheries Division is conducting a survey of marine recreational anglers in order to collect fishing trip information and length measurements on kept and released fish. Anglers will be recruited by DEEP marine fisheries staff to volunteer their fishing trip information and take length measurements on fish caught for that particular fishing day. Post marked daily catch cards will be distributed to anglers fishing from both shore, including Enhanced Opportunity Shore Angler Program Designated Fishing Sites (EOS) and boat launch sites along the Connecticut coastline. EOS locations are areas that have less restrictive fishing regulations for summer flounder and scup enabling anglers a better chance of bringing a fish home for dinner. This fishing information will provide us with important individual angler trip and species catch data needed to effectively monitor and assess the marine recreational fishery and ultimately provide the most fishing opportunity possible. Participating anglers will be provided a waterproof daily catch card, pencil, and measuring tape for recording this important fisheries data. Anglers will be encouraged to drop off post marked catch cards in the mail, or at designated drop-off boxes (see www.ct.gov/deep/saltwaterfishing) and CTDEEP Marine Fisheries Survey staff upon trip completion.

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MARINE VOLUNTEER ANGLER SURVEY PROGRAM

The Marine Fisheries Division is seeking marine recreational anglers who will volunteer to participate in the Connecticut Volunteer Angler Survey (VAS) Program. The VAS Program is designed to collect fishing trip and catch information from marine recreational (hook and line) anglers who volunteer to record their angling activities via a logbook. VAS anglers contribute valuable fisheries-specific information concerning striped bass, fluke, bluefish, scup, tautog and other important finfish species used in monitoring and assessing fish populations inhabiting marine waters.

Participants will have the choice of either filling out the traditional paper logbooks and mailing them back in or by entering their data electronically by a computer web based application. In either case, paper logbooks will still be sent out to each angler.

Both the VAS paper logbook and the computer electronic version are easy to enter. Each participating angler is assigned a personal code number for confidentiality. The paper logbook instructions are located on the inside cover and the electronic version will have a specified menu with assisted help information. Upon completion of the paper logbook, tape the pre-postage paid logbook shut and drop it off in the mail. All paper logbooks are returned to each angler for their own personal records upon data entry. Anglers that participate are also provided with updated program results and public hearing notices concerning recreational fishery management regulations.

Participating is very important for Marine Fisheries Management. Please contact:

David R. Molnar
david.molnar@ct.gov • 860-434-6043
CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Marine Fisheries Division
P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371

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