A new website and smartphone app will help Maryland-area anglers collect and share data about Chesapeake Bay sport fish. Chesapeake Catch is a project led by Maryland-area anglers to gather voluntary information from all anglers to better inform themselves and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in fisheries management decisions and policies.
Chesapeake Catch will record information about Maryland’s most popular fish: rockfish (striped bass), redfish (red drum), speckled trout, croaker, yellow perch and shad. All other tidal and freshwater species, including invasives, can also be recorded.
Anglers can record details and photos of their fish in a personal log, including information about species caught, time spent on the water, general area, and the length and catch-or-release disposition of each fish.
Chesapeake Catch is a local affiliate of Angler Action, which pioneered the movement by anglers to collect their own data to inform fishery management in communities nationally.
Participants in the working group behind Chesapeake Catch include fishing guides, recreational fishing bloggers, and other anglers active in organizations such as the Maryland Sportsman’s Foundation, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Environmental Defense Fund, and Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association (MSSA).
The Chesapeake Catch smartphone app can be downloaded in iTunes or the Google Play store.
For more information, visit the Chesapeake Catch website at: www.chesapeakecatch.com
source: Chesapeake Catch