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Old 06-19-2009, 10:23 AM
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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
MarineFisheries Advisory


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
website ( 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]
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:59 PM
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I just signed up. I think this is a great idea and a step in the right direction. I've lived in MA all my life and have taken advantage of the free shore waters for as long as I can remember. To take that priveledge away would be a damn outrage. If this can help in keeping it that way I'm all up for it. Besides, don't most of us keep a log anyways? (mine's pretty short only 3 fish this year and one being a schoolie) But, now we've got a free online application that'll do it for us.
I'm really not into fishing, I just like enduring hours on the water with nothing to show for it.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:42 PM
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I'm thanks for the link I post everything so far this year. great idea
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:39 PM
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Thanks guys for the participation and replies, would like to see more. I see a lot more views than replies so I hope all the lurkers are participating. Remember to spread the word. Good luck everyone.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: MA marine fisheries e-logbook (recreational)

the last thing I want, is any state or government agency having any clue as to when, where or how or even how many fish I catch.. it's none of their business!!!!! when and it comes, and it is coming, they levy another tax ( some call it a license) there is no way on earth I would disclose any information to them on my fishing habits.. it's no ones business but my own...each seasons report will be completed with .. did not fish.

There is nothing they would use... anglers have been complaining for years about the excess of dogfish.. what have they done....protect them further.. it's a joke and just another way to fund their deep pockets..

done rant.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:17 PM
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Any time a state or government agency wants individuals personal and private information you can bet it is not for the sake of that individual. In the meantime we'll end up funding more governmental bureaucratic watch dog agencies who know nothing about the fish and will do nothing on their own initiative to correct any problems.

More effective management as they say will end up meaning more $$$ to fish.
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