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Marine Angler Surveys

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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Marine Fisheries Program 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 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.

MARINE VOLUNTEER ANGLER SURVEY PROGRAM

The Marine Fisheries Program 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 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 and drop it 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.

Supporting Conservation by participating is critical in managing your Marine Fishery Resources

Please contact:

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

Marine Defintions

Closed Season (Saltwater) The period of time during which no person shall take, possess or land a particular species taken by sportfishing methods, regardless of where taken. Any species taken to the contrary must be returned immediately, without avoidable injury, to the waters from which it was taken.

  • Anglers cannot be in possession of fish legally taken in another state when on the waters or shores of Connecticut during a closed season for that species in Connecticut.

Daily Creel Limit The number of fish of a species or species group that can be retained by an individual angler during the period from 12:01 a.m. to midnight. Any species taken to the contrary must be returned immediately, without avoidable injury, to the waters from which it was taken.

“Culling” or “High-Grading” means discarding or returning a previously retained fish to the water in order to retain a more desirable fish. Any fish placed on a stringer, in a container, cooler, live well or similar device, or otherwise not immediately released to the water shall count against the daily creel limit. “Culling” or “High-Grading” is prohibited in the Marine District!