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The future of GAMEFISH is in the hands of informed an “The future of GAMEFISH is in the hands of informed anglers….” William Mote Founder, Snook & Gamefish Foundation. SGF goal: The long term benefit of gamefish through direct angler action in research, education, and outreach.
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The future of GAMEFISH is in the hands of informed an“The future of GAMEFISH is in the hands of informed anglers….” William Mote Founder, Snook & Gamefish FoundationSGF goal: The long term benefit of gamefish throughdirect angler action in research, education, andoutreach.Need for Recreational Angler data
  • Dramatic increase in rec fishing requires changes in fishery management strategies (FL forecasts 30M trips this year)
  • The need to assess whole catch (discard rate as well as harvest) has never been greater.
  • Angler Action Program The Angler Action Program meets a need for greater collaboration between the recreational fishing community and fisheries management to improve data collection.Angler Action is a service project of SGF undertaken in partnership with FWC Thanks to FWC staff for their commitment , partnership and professionalism.Recreational AnglersCan Supply Critical information
  • Trip Characteristics
  • Target Species
  • Time targeting each species (lines in the water)
  • Geospatial information (protected)
  • Fish lengths and slot ranges for both discarded and harvested fish
  • Condition upon release
  • Harvested numbers
  • Angler Contact info
  • Essential Angler Education Report all sizesReport locationsReport ‘0’ Catch TripsRecord on the water for accuracy; Log online soon after your tripInclude commentsUse cell phone app if you canAsk if you have a questionCollaboratively Developed On the Water Catch RecordPhone apps launch Apr 2012Spot information is protectedBy angler request, data are generalized in reports to prevent disclosure of information about individual production and fishing spots.
  • 95% of all fish reported were released.
  • Anglers areencouraged to post a photo of their catch.User Feedback from weekly Q.A. review“Get a Phone app!”“Easy enough”“Add More species”“More Feedback reports”Incentive #1: seeing how my data are being usedAAP Data in Use: 2011 FWC Snook Stock Assessment“These data were very important in 2010 and 2011 because of the information on proportion of fish that are released alive. I was pleased that your survey covers both coasts, both trip information, and fish data which consisted of lengths. Thanks for the use of the data.” Dr. Robert Muller,Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission,Florida Marine Research Institute Oct 10, 2011 Participant Comments(2011 User Survey) “The AA Program is one of the most important ways that we can influence fishing …to protect the future.”“Hard data wins every time over tears, moans and groans. Constant carping does nothing.”“I like that sport data is being included… a reminder email every two weeks or so might get people to enter more trips.”“What I like best is knowing that the data that S&GF collects actually helps shape the future of our fishery.”“I like that the data that is collected and presented is taken seriously among the regulatory community. Great job to all involved!”Become a PartnerAngler Action Partners make a commitment to participate in one or more areas:data collectiontool & db developmentanalysis and applicationsoutreach and educationwww.angleraction.orgrick@snookfoundation.org 407 302 5550www.snookfoundation.orgThanks to Partners!Florida Wildlife Research InstituteFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionUniversity of FloridaNational Park ServiceMosquito Creek OutdoorsWest MarineGause Built BoatsNational Fish and Wildlife FoundationTurner FoundationTeen Anglers, West Palm Beach Fishing Club, Kayak Fishing ClassicSAnd the many individuals, clubs and organizations who are adding their numbers daily.
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