Reporting Helps Manage State’s Fishing Resources

Man fishing in stream

TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourcesis launching new mobile-friendlyvolunteer angler surveys,making it easy to turn a fishing trip into scientific research by submitting catch data right from their phones.

The survey is a simple tool where volunteers provide valuable information to department biologists such as species caught, estimated size and range. This input helps inform managers as they develop, plan and implement activities and seasons like trout stocking.

“With the use of these surveys we can see this data in near real-time,” Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer said. “Incorporating a survey gives the angler a direct link to the department right from the site of the catch.”

Volunteer surveys have been an important part of fisheries management in Maryland for decades. The department’sartificial reef initiative,freshwater fisheriesandstriped bassprograms have begun upgrading to mobile-friendly methods.