The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DMF) in conjunction with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) announces a new electronic angler logbook (eLogbook) for recreational anglers willing to provide data useful for management of marine fishes in Massachusetts. The eLogbook is a web database designed for recreational anglers to enter daily trip information on general location, gear used, and sizes of fish species that are harvested or released. Participating anglers can access and summarize their fishing data in tabular or graphical forms at anytime which is useful for tracking fishing successes (see Figures).
Who can participate? Residents or non-residents who fish in Massachusetts and adjacent federal marine waters can participate in this program. To begin using the eLogbook, go to eLogbook Login and follow the instructions provided. First time users will have to register. A password and user name will be sent to the anglers email account. All data provided by participating anglers are considered confidential under M.G.L. c. 66A, the Fair Information Practices Act and only MA DMF personnel will have complete access.
Why is MA DMF interested in your fish? The Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), the primary federal program designed to collect information of recreational fisheries throughout the United States , neglects to measure specific aspects of fisheries required for more effective management in Massachusetts waters. Currently we lack sufficient information on sizes of fishes that are harvested or released, and information on important recreational fishing areas in state waters. These data are needed to improve stock assessments of marine species and to help protect important fishing grounds.
The eLogbook is an easy way for you to keep track of your fishing season and aid in conservation efforts of important recreational fish species. Sign up and start today!
Questions or comments please contact Jennifer Stritzel Thomson or email at email@example.com