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Becky Heuss: 603-868-1095
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
April 28, 2014

Anglers Can Now Report Striped Bass Catch and Effort Online

DURHAM, N.H. -- This time of year, striped bass are starting to arrive in New Hampshire's coastal waters. Anglers from near and far flock to the state's coastal rivers, estuaries and ocean waters to pursue this popular sport fish.

To help state and federal fisheries biologists assess the status of the striped bass population each year, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department asks striper anglers to participate in a Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey.

With Fish and Game's new on-line survey, it's easier than ever to take part! Visit our striper page at fishnh.com/marine/striper_survey.html to complete the survey each time you fish for striped bass in New Hampshire waters.

Volunteer angler survey participants are asked to measure each fish they catch. The Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey is the only method Fish and Game currently has to get length measurements on fish that are released.

The annual striped bass survey has been ongoing since 1993. The information collected is used in the annual coast-wide stock assessment for striped bass.

To help boost participation in the voluntary survey, the Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire (CCA-NH) has supported the project since 2000 by distributing survey forms to its members, signing up participants at sporting shows, and posting information at access sites and sporting goods stores. Each year, CCA-NH also donates a signed and framed, first-of-state striped bass print, "Shadow" by Victor E. Young. Fish and Game raffles off this special print to a lucky Striped Bass Survey volunteer. For the past three years, Kittery Trading Post has joined the effort by donating a striper rod to be raffled off to a second winner.

For other reporting options or for more information about the program call Becky Heuss (603) 868-1095 or email Becky.Heuss@wildlife.nh.gov.

Anglers fishing for striped bass or other finfish in New Hampshire's coastal or estuarine waters must have a current $11 N.H. Saltwater Recreational Fishing License, available at fishnh.com/marine.

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