WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE
COOPERATIVE STRIPED BASS
SURVEY?


This is your opportunity to get involved with striped bass management! The Cooperative Striped Bass Angler Survey is a vital component of Maryland's striped bass monitoring program. Through a cooperative effort with Maryland sportfishing organizations and conservation-minded anglers, the Department of Natural Resources is able to gather a comprehensive sample of length data from a broad distribution of recreational fisherman. This information is not available from any other source or survey, except you the angler.

In 1995, the Department of Natural Resources developed the Cooperative Angler Striped Bass Survey with participating Maryland Sportfishing organizations. The survey was designed to gather striped bass data that is not otherwise available to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The primary focus of this survey is to gather length frequency data on harvested and released striped bass. Size composition data on harvested striped bass is analyzed to delineate between migratory and premigratory striped bass harvest during the spring season. It is also used in determining the size structure of the harvest in both the spring and fall fisheries. Size composition data on released striped bass is not available from any other survey; however, it is essential data for release mortality studies. This data is extremely important to the Department's on going efforts to monitor the striped bass fishery and is only possible through cooperative efforts between the sportfishing public and the Department.

Since it's inception in 1995, the survey has grown and expanded outside its original parameters of sportfishing organizations. The Department is encouraging active participation in the survey from all sportfishing anglers. I would like to invite you to participate in this survey. It is an outstanding opportunity to get involved with striped bass management.

Thank you for participating in the Striped Bass Volunteer Survey and good luck this season! For more information or suggestions to make our online survey more user-friendly please contact Eric Durell at 1-877-620-8DNR ext. 8308 or e-mail edurell@dnr.state.md.us

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