Cooperators needed for Great Lakes Angler Diary program

Catch a fish and phone it in to Sea Grant researchers.
Doubt is a common reaction when people view polls (political or otherwise) or the results of surveys. Doubt comes because the results are based on randomly small samples. Most people are never or seldom contacted. If you are a Great Lakes fisher-person, here’s a chance for you to be a part of the survey, not just a doubter of the results.
It’s called the Great Lakes Angler Diary program, devised and being implemented by both the Michigan and Wisconsin Sea Grants. The goal is to enlist private citizens to participate each time they go fishing.
The GLAD program builds on an older, smaller Sea Grant project called Salmon Ambassadors. In that program, participants used old-fashioned “pen and paper” technology to record length, location and fin clip information on chinook salmon they caught. Then the information that was collected had to be manually entered to be tabulated and totaled.
The Great Lakes Angler Diary takes advantage of the fact that most anglers are now equipped with mobile devices (phones and tablets) that can aid in capturing quality data. The data can instantly be tabulated and the information can be instantly available to participants or other researchers.
The Great Lakes Angler Diary asks participants to:
• Record length, fin clip, and general location for all Great Lakes salmon and trout.
• Enter data for cisco, walleye, muskie and sturgeon.
• Record information on lamprey wounds.
• Upload photos to verify species identification, fin clips and wounds.
• Upload fish finder photos of “bait balls.”
Most Great Lakes fishing fans know the fisheries are facing many and varied problems. The old maxim holds true, “You are either a part of the solution or part of the problem.” Here’s a way to be a part of the solution:
Email glanglerdiary@gmail.com to register and receive a volunteer number needed to log into the site. Then visit www.glanglerdiary.org to log in after you register.
Registered users will be contacted at the end of the fishing season and asked to answer a short survey. Results will be shared with Wisconsin and Michigan DNRs and other management agencies to provide information on the status of the fishery.
For Wisconsin, the Sea Grant contact is Titus S. Seilheimer, 920-683-4697, tseilheimer@aqua.wisc.edu. For Michigan, the Sea Grant contact is Dan O’Keefe, 616-994-4580, okeefed@msu.edu.

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