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We are excited to announce an opportunity for recreational fishermen to voluntarily report their catch! After hearing the requests of fishermen across the region, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Snook and Gamefish Foundation, in partnership with Elemental Methods have teamed up to make recreational electronic reporting a possibility starting in June 2018. Note: The mobile application will be available in June 2018.
Please keep in mind that your participation will be absolutely critical to the development of future recreational reporting platforms. This is voluntary. Data collected here may be used for future management. Or it might simply be used as a vehicle to promote data collection efforts like this in the future. Either way, your entries are important, helpful, and valuable.
In addition to reporting through the app, we strongly encourage fishermen to participate in state-run sampling programs. State agencies will conduct dockside and phone interviews and may have freezers available to drop off carcasses. The state-run programs were used to collect data during previous mini-seasons and will likely be used to estimate landings. These programs are separate from MyFishCount so please answer the interviewers' questions and allow your fish to be sampled.