Maryland DNR, Coastal Anglers Hook Up For Innovative Flounder Survey

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has partnered with
the Atlantic Coast Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportsmen’s
Association (MSSA) to conduct a survey to assess the recreational
flounder catch rate. Beginning in July, MSSA members will take to
the water to distribute the survey to anglers in Maryland’s Coastal
Bays as part of the innovative program.

“This cooperative effort between MSSA and DNR is designed to
test the assumptions made by the National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS) in their estimates of the overall catch of summer flounder,”
said Linda Barker, Ph.D, the DNR lead research statistician on the
project. “This is a unique partnership that could lead to better
estimates of angler impact and better summer flounder
management.”

NMFS interviews anglers at public launch sites as they return from
their trips in order to obtain catch rate information. However, the
anglers that return to private docks, ramps and marinas are not
interviewed. The aim of this new survey is to explore the results
of information from anglers who leave and return from private
locations.

DNR and the MSSA volunteers will perform the survey by collecting
private and public access summer flounder catch rates during July
and August. The surveys will cover “Flounder Alley,” a popular
flounder fishing area in the Isle of Wight and Sinepuxent Bays. DNR
will then compare that information against the official NMFS survey
estimate.

Area anglers can participate in this simple survey by filling out
and returning the self-addressed, postage-paid survey cards
distributed by volunteers.

“Considering the generosity of the MSSA members who have come
forward to support this project and the potential for improving
fish management, we are asking our coastal flounder anglers to lend
a hand,” said Barker.

For more information on this program and Maryland’s leadership role
in the development of better coastal recreational fishing, visit
dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/coastal/

To stay connected to Maryland’s excellent fishing activity and DNR
fisheries news, visit the DNR Fishing Report and Angler’s Log at
dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fishingreport/log.asp.

 

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