June 24, 2013

Maine anglers asked to help count stripers

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Maine anglers are being asked to take photos of striped bass they catch this summer in the name of science.

Coastal Conservation Association-Maine and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute are collaborating on a project called "Snap-A-Striper" to collect data about the fish, which migrate to Maine waters each summer.

Recreational fishermen are being asked to take photos of the fish next to data cards with the angler's name, date and catch location. The cards also serve as measurement tools to determine the fish length.

Participants are asked to email the photos to the research institute to help scientists better understand the origin of striped bass in Maine and help improve fisheries management. Catches have dropped sharply in recent years without a clear understanding of why.

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