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Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program – Blue Water Fish

Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program

New York State would like your help!

Do you want to have a more active role in the conservation and management of striped bass? By joining the NYS DEC Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program (SBCA), you can take part in an effort to help manage and maintain a healthy striped bass population.

New York State is required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) (leaves DEC website) to supplement the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) (leaves DEC website) with additional information from our recreational fishery. We satisfy this requirement with the help of New York State volunteer recreational anglers.

We provide volunteer anglers with logbooks to record information about their fishing trips, scale envelopes to take scales from striped bass, and instructions on what information is needed and how to properly collect it. The logbook information helps us determine the catch per unit effort (CPUE= fish caught/hours spent fishing) or fishing success for striped bass in New York waters. Scale samples are used to determine the age of the fish.

Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Newsletter

At the end of the year, all of the data is analyzed and presented in an annual Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Newsletter (PDF) giving you an inside look into how striped bass fishing was that year. In addition to the newsletter, all anglers that send in scale samples will receive a report documenting the ages of those fish.

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