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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
2012 Volunteer Angler Logbook Program
The Volunteer Angler Logbook (VAL) program is primarily geared towards striped bass fishermen as a means of collecting additional length, catch/effort data but is open to anglers who fish for any saltwater species. Although we have increased the sample size of the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), we still miss lengths and weights on sub-legal or released stripers because Maine’s striped bass fishery has size and bag limits. This, coupled with the fact that many anglers opt for catch and release, field interviewers actually see limited numbers of fish. The VAL program is quite simple. An angler records information about fish harvested or released during each trip for themselves and any fishing companions. Additional information about each trip is also recorded, including: time spent fishing, area fished, number of anglers, target species and how much money was spent. At the end of the season each angler mails his/her logbook to us (in a pre-paid mailer), which we then copy and send back to the angler.
A preliminary summary of the 2012 data follows:
One hundred forty eight logbooks were distributed during the 2012 fishing season, of which 61 (41%) were returned and summarized. It’s worth noting that 82 (55%) participants responded in some manner at the season’s end, some noting no fishing for the season or lost logbooks.
The following species were reported as being caught: Acadian redfish, alewife, American lobster, American shad, Atlantic cod, Atlantic herring, Atlantic mackerel, black sea bass, bluefish, cunner, cusk, haddock, pollock, river herring, sculpin, smallmouth bass, spiny dogfish, squid, striped bass, sturgeon and white hake.
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