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ABOUT ANGLER ACTION DATA
- Data is collected in four categories : Trip, Location, Catch, Lengths +
Trip: general info about the type of
fishing, number of people fishing, amount of time spent, state and county.
Location: optional description of where
you fish, including depth, water condition, and geographic information. To skip GPS coordinates type '0' in the spaces provided. Google maps and auto-location options are provided for those who want to record GPS. These descriptions are especially important
for some species’ stock assessments, such as snapper. Naming your Location makes it easy to recall and if a location is saved as a favorite you will not need to re-enter data about it.
Catch: for each species targeted and/or caught,
record the number kept and released. If
fish have a slot or minimum size, you will be asked to sort the catch as under, in or over the size range permitted for
- IMPORTANT: Catch is defined as touching the leader. It is not necessary to boat the fish to
include it in your record. Always record '0' Catch Trips - they are important for the record.
Lengths + : Adding lengths for some or all of the fish you catch is optional. Recording exact lengths on some of the fish you catch makes it possible for fishery scientists to calculate fish size distributions, and is very much appreciated. Don't feel bad if you catch a lot of fish and don't measure every one, however. You may also record weight, condition upon
release, and where the fish was hooked (jaw, head, body, etc). These records contribute to calculating survival rates of released fish. You can read more about increasing release survival here.
- Photos – you are welcome to upload trip
photos. If you are releasing your
catch, try to limit the time a fish is
kept out of the water for photos to less than half a minute.
information - You can use the FB and Twitter functions of
the website to share photos and trip summaries. You can login to the website anytime to view your photos and trip
information, and you can edit and add to each trip record for up to 7 days after
starting your trip record.
your trip reports, catch reports, the fishing spots you record as ‘favorites’,
and other reports you create, are for your private use exclusively. You can download your personal trip data onto
excel or csv spreadsheets, through the website.
- Data Uses
Action data was put to use in the 2011 Snook Stock Assessment by FWC
(Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission), and has been
requested for inclusion in other stock assessments and research studies. By participating in the Angler Action program
you are providing important information that improves understanding of fish
populations and their best management.
The Angler Action trip record is the most active self-reporting
record of gamefish catch, harvest and release data on the Web. Here
anglers and fishery biologists are working together to expand our knowledge
base, providing once-missing elements in the understanding of game fish
populations and distributions.
Angler-volunteered data added to what is currently available to
fishery management gives a fuller picture of fish stocks for stronger
science-based, fishery management decisions.
Action program is a service project of the Snook & Gamefish Foundation, and
is the result of thousands of hours of volunteer support including those
donated by research partners at Florida Wildlife Research Institute and
University of Florida. The 2012 Angler
Action tool upgrades have been made possible by a grant from National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation and other private donations. If you would like to get involved, please
contact or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 407 302 5550.