Wow maybe all my complaining about voluntary catch reports instead of a saltwater license worked, doubt it. I hope anyone who qualifies, LOTS OF US WILL, for the log will fill them out and just maybe we'll prove that more fees and licenses are not needed to collect recreational catch information. If you catch one fish or ten thousand fish do your part and fill it out so maybe we can keep our free fishing tradition alive and well. Here is the email I received containing all the information.
June 8, 2009
RECREATIONAL FISHING ELECTRONIC LOGBOOK NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANGLERS
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) in
conjunction with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program
(ACCSP) announces a new electronic angler logbook (eLogbook) for
recreational anglers willing to provide data useful for management of
marine fishes in Massachusetts. The eLogbook is a web database designed
for recreational anglers to enter daily trip information on general
location, gear used, and sizes of fish species that are harvested or
released. Participating anglers can access and summarize their fishing
data in tabular or graphical forms at anytime which is useful for
tracking fishing successes.
Who can participate? Residents or non-residents who fish in
Massachusetts and adjacent federal marine waters can participate in this
program. To begin using the eLogbook, go to eLogbook Login located
under the Quick Links on the left hand side of the MarineFisheries
). First time users will have to
register. A password and user name will be sent to the angler's email
account. All data provided by participating anglers are considered
confidential under M.G.L. c. 66A, the Fair Information Practices Act and
only MarineFisheries personnel will have complete access.
Why is MarineFisheries interested in your fish? The Marine Recreational
Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), the primary federal program
designed to collect information of recreational fisheries throughout the
United States, neglects to measure specific aspects of fisheries
required for more effective management in Massachusetts waters.
Currently we lack sufficient information on sizes of fishes that are
harvested or released, and information on important recreational fishing
areas in state waters. These data are needed to improve stock
assessments of marine species and to help protect important fishing
The eLogbook is an easy way for you to keep track of your fishing season
and aid in conservation efforts of important recreational fish species.
Sign up and start today!
Questions or comments please contact Jennifer Stritzel Thomson at
978-282-0308 x 130 or email at [email protected]